Sticks N Sushi, White City
Sticks N Sushi, White City
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Review: Sticks N Sushi: Elegant Japanese Cuisine in White City

05/22/2023
5 minutes

Sticks N Sushi combines two distant culinary philosophies to create something truly special. The delicate elegance of Japanese cuisine is paired perfectly with the Scandinavian approach of tasteful minimalism. Started in Copenhagen in the middle of the nineties, a time when Sushi was still relatively new to the west, three innovators in the form of brothers Jens and Kim Rahbek and friend Thor Andersen took inspiration from their Japanese-Danish heritage to bring the raw magic of Japanese sushi across the globe to Northern Europe.

Sticks 'N' Sushi White City
Sticks 'N' Sushi White City

This cultural symbiosis is evident everywhere at the beautiful Sticks N Sushi location in London’s White City. The modern seating and dinner tables are highly architectural, boasting comfortable, spacious booths in a tasteful hue of brown, with stylish, minimalist curved wood panelling that evokes the design of space-age modernism. All of this makes for an interior that is as elevated as the cuisine, from the well lit open kitchen, right down to the hand chosen pebbles on which your chopsticks rest. Inside, a diverse and affluent crowd forms. Excitable, well-dressed groups of urbanites and suburbanites take tables alongside enamoured young couples having second and third dates. Sat at pristinely laid tables, people pore over a recently updated menu and the entire experience feels as brand new as it did the day they first opened their Danish flagship restaurant in 1994. Laden into the menu’s beautifully designed graphics reads a mantra of “Come for a swim”. With that, we dive into our food for the evening.

Sticks N Sushi, White City
Sticks N Sushi, White City

With a brand new menu to browse, and dish after dish of tantalisingly good-looking food, we decided to opt for one of Sticks N Sushi’s set menus. The ‘As Good As It Gets’ menu, was aptly named, as we soon discovered. A tour around some of the finest dishes and pairings that have given this sushi house their reputation as one of the best in the business. Beginning with a refreshing Yuzu Zoo, an original cocktail - we drank as we sampled their edamame beans, grilled in sesame and soy. We didn’t have to wait long for the first course to arrive, in the form of Hotate Kataifi - scallops with a miso aïoli, generously topped with trout roe, kataifi and shiso cress. Following up almost immediately was another treat; Wagyu tartare with shiso, spring onion and kizami wasabi on toasted bread - a highly tasteful way to try this premiere breed of rare, succulent Japanese beef.

Sticks 'N' Sushi White City
Sticks 'N' Sushi White City

Next to reach the table was a course so delicately served that we had to simply stop and appreciate its beauty. Lined up in a perfect presentation were a variety of expertly crafted dishes; Tuna Tartare with avocado, sesame, miso, yuzu, spring onion on crispy flat bread. Shake Carpaccio of salmon with miso aïoli, trout roe and daikon topped with chives and a lime marinade. Seared tuna Tataki with yuzu-kosho, wafu dressing, soya sesame and daikon cress. Shake Tataki of salmon, daikon, cress and real, authentic kizami wasabi. Hotate Scallop Ceviche with miso, chilli, coriander, red onion, celery and doused in Tiger’s Milk. Lastly, Hiramasa kataifi - Kingfish Yellowtail - topped with chives, shiso, truffle oil and ponzu. Visible on the Kingfish is the smallest layer of scale. Our server Kamil informs us that it is a mark of an expert sushi chef - to be able to slice the fish so sharply that a single layer of silver fish-scale remains on the cut. These delicate dishes contained flavour combinations we had never experienced before, and we truly savoured every single bite.

The next course gave us our first taste of their signature sushi rolls. Firstly, the Aka Ebi House Roll, crafted from Argentinian red shrimp with spicy gochujang, avocado, snow peas, miso aioli and those familiar little gems of trout roe that adorn much of this menu. Next, the Hell’s Kitchen; a hot, flavourful roll of Tempura shrimp with avocado and spicy sauce, topped with barbecue tuna. Completing the trio, the Ebi Panko - a crispy shrimp Tempura with spicy sauce and topped with fresh, thinly sliced avocado. This was a true showcase of the iconic cuisine, and the expertly sourced ingredients made for incredible fresh flavour in every bite.

Sticks N Sushi, White City
Sticks N Sushi, White City

Wholly satisfied with our experience on the Sushi side, it was now time for the Sticks. Here, this refers to the delicious yakitori sticks that they serve hot from the grill, marinated in rich concoctions of flavours. An excellent bite packed with ocean flavour was the Gindara No Miso, a perfectly tender piece of Black Cod glazed in miso. It’s counterpart from the land, and one of our favourite dishes of the day, was the Aigamo Tsukune, this was a stick of skewered duck meatball, glazed and hot from the grill, that was served alongside an egg yolk in supreme soya. We were instructed to dip the duck in the rich egg yolk before eating. We gleefully broke the yolk and stirred, before dipping and enjoying the decadent combination of duck and egg.

This hot, tasty pair of grilled treats called for something cooling to finish, and we were duly looked after in the form of some sweet desserts. We tried the Gateau Marcel, which was topped with chocolate pearls that went excellently paired with their creamy vanilla ice cream. Alongside this, Crème Brûlée with vanilla, with a classic, crispy top layer of caramelised sugar, and a cool, refreshing mango sorbet to end. We thanked our server, Kamil, for taking such good care of us, his generous and enthusiastic manner ensuring we had the best time during our visit. “History repeats itself”, Kamil remarked to us sagely. With their nearly 30 year history of sushi and yakitori expertise evident in every great dish, we hope we get to repeat our experience at Sticks N Sushi soon.

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