We went to the launch of Sticks ‘n’ Sushi in Covent Garden. I had heard lots of great things about the branch in Wimbledon from some of my colleagues, so I was keen to see how this newest addition to the chain would compare.
We snacked on Classic Miso Soup and Spicy Edamame Beans whilst we made our menu choices – took longer than we expected as there are so many dishes to choose from and all were asking to be tried. The Ginger and Lemongrass Fizz was refreshing after a long day at work.
First we tucked into Coal Crab, a vivid plate of marine blue rolls with softshell crab – a freshwater crab flavour interspersed with tempura softshell crab.
Next we sampled Duck Ricepaper Rolls – the marinated duck breast was succulent, but brought to life by the coriander and goma dressing.
I loved the Big Chaos, which was like a large ray of sunshine with beautiful flavours from each of the various types of fish complementing each other – and the tempura shrimp was a great way to finish the dish; I enjoyed biting through the crispy exterior into a juicy shrimp before moving onto the array of fish.
The Ebi Tempura Big is packed full of crispy tempura shrimp with the sauce hitting all the five taste senses; but with the option of adding some punchy wasabi (go easy on this, as it can make your eyes water from experience!). Unfortunately, the tails of the shrimps had not got crispy right through and was slightly chewy.
We chose the Yakiniku Steak as we love ribe-eye steak and were keen to try it marinated in Japanese BBQ sauce. We were disappointed as the sweet sauce over-powered the flavour profile of the meat, as well as a some pieces were chewy due to sinue. I think we may have got the kitchen on a bit of an off phase, as they were very busy at some points.
We rounded off the meal with a Four Tasters, an ideal way of trying a selection of desserts especially as we could not decide which ones to get. Our favourites were the Chocolate Fondant with Caramel & Hazelnut Brittle and the Vanilla Creme Brulee.
As our original waitress, pleasant but slightly ditsy, had presumably forgotten to order our cocktails (which we had requested long before our mains arrived), another waitress quickly resolved the issue by fetching a Raspberry Mojito and a Japanese Old Fashioned. The Raspberry Mojito was well made, but the Japanese Old Fashioned with the addition of orange juice and the citrusy yuzu made it too sweet and detracted too far from the traditional Old Fashioned in my opinion – a nice idea though.
Overall, we had a nice time sampling very colourful dishes and good service. If you live or work near Wimbledon, they have a location not far from the station; or you may feel like combining a short break with visiting the original branch in Denmark. Enjoy!
11 Henrietta Street (map)
Phone 020 3141 8810
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