Sticks ‘n’ Sushi - Wimbledon
I think the pictures really do speak for themselves here, but I’ll give it a go myself.
The opening of Sticks ‘n’ Sushi in Covent Garden has been the talk of the town for the past couple of weeks. It’s everyone’s go-to lunch haunt, and for very good reasons. So when I realised there was one down the road in Wimbledon, I couldn’t really say no - and cleverly organised to go on pay day - woops.
You wouldn’t think the humble Wimbledon high street would host a place such as this. You walk in through the door into what looks like a converted barn turned nightclub. We’re talking high ceilings, trendy seating, with the kitchen acting as the central hub slap bang in the middle of the room. Quite frankly, the interior is incredibly slick, you can easily spot the Scandinavian design influences, and the music moves from funky house to smooth R’n’B classics. Needless to say I was pretty much in my element.
The menu is slightly overwhelming, I’ve never had so much choice of sushi in one place before. And the pictures on the menu make you want to choose absolutely everything, which is thoroughly unhelpful for a foodie like myself. You could suffer from a massive case of FOMO here. So we had a slight cop out, and opted for the ‘Upgrade’ sharing platter. This consisted of Nigiri, Urimaki, Kaburimaki, Salmon Carpaccio, Duck filled rice paper rolls, and a combination of ‘sticks’ - goat’s cheese with dried ham, tuna steak and chicken wings. Now for £60 you get a hell of a lot for your money, so it’s actually quite good value if you’re sharing. Plus you get to have a little bit of everything, which is essential for your first time here. But if that wasn’t enough, we decided on two extra sides, beef tataki and ebi bites.
Hand on heart, this is the best sushi I’ve ever eaten, for me, it’s up there with the likes of Zuma, and caters for a younger, more trendy clientele. With every bite of something new, my dinner partner and myself were in awe of how good the food was, and it rendered me quite speechless and giddy. And as for those sides, well, I’m never the biggest fan of beef carpaccio, but now I always want it served like the tataki. The heat from the dressing was calculated just right and the meat was seared to perfection. It practically melted in my mouth. The ebi bites were little nuggets of heaven. Crispy shrimp with a good helping of chilli and lime, belissimo.
And to drink? Well we chose the two most popular cocktails on the menu, Hotaru (rum based with passion fruit and apple) and Hanoko (jasmine tea infused sochu and organic elderflower with a touch of honey and sharpened with fresh lime).
Sticks ‘n’ Sushi, you’ve nailed it. A really fun place to spend your evening and cracking food (which comes at a price)
Until next pay day…