A little surprise trip for The Boy's birthday.
If you haven't guessed by now, I'm a huge sushi fan. I have a list the length of my arm of sushi restaurants I want to visit. And luckily for me, The Boy's a fan too. So naturally, I thought a surprise trip to Sticks 'n' Sushi would be the perfect birthday treat.
Sticks 'n' Sushi is a Danish/Japanese restaurant created by three brothers who, (yes you guessed it) are half Danish, half Japanese. This unique combination of the two culinary traditions serves up, (you guessed it again) either sticks or sushi. The interior is very calm, sleek and minimalistic. We were slightly surprised by the crazy informative menu, but once you got the hang of it, we knew we were in for a feast.
Time to get our drink on. Kiyuri Delight for me - cucumber, elderflower, sake and prosecco. Kimono Cloud for him - Aperol, rum, sake and lemon. They also brought this sneaky little flag to our table, which completely baffled The Boy, wonder what it's for.
A few dishes from the a la carte menu.
Grilled edamame beans in soy sauce - wicked charred flavour.
Ika salad - marinated squid, ginger, seaweed and Japanese kikurage mushrooms. Might try and make this one at home.
From the set menu, we chose the Sticks 'n' Sushi platter which consisted of uramaki, futomaki, nigiri, edamame beans and 3 different yakitori.
2 black alaska - salmon, cream cheese, avocado, black tobiko
2 sparkling tuna - tuna, spicy sauce, leeks, cucumber, red tobiko
2 mama mia - avocado, cucumber, chives, wasabi sesame
2 dreamy california - miso aïoli, surimi, avocado, cucumber, sesame, seaweed, poppy seeds, chilli and shiso
The sparkling tuna was the best. The red tobiko made for a great splash of colour to the overall dish.
Tuna, Salmon, Shrimp. Incredibly fresh. Not much more to say, these guys are amazing.
Gypsy big - seared fish, spicy sauce, avocado, cucumber, chilli, red onion, ginger, tsume soy.
Chicken meatballs in teriyaki.
Chicken tsukune with chili dip, teriyaki and spring onion.
Asparagus wrapped in bacon.
The chicken tsukune was my favourite dish overall. The sauce was amazing. I need the recipe. Now.
What was that little flag for, you ask? Surprise cake on the house!
He's not really a pudding boy, but I couldn't resist. It was covered in popping candy.
One of the best places I've visited in a while. It's expensive. I can't lie, it will cost you a few bob but it's so worth it. The fusion of the two different cuisines is so unique, it's well worth a visit. There's also plenty of choice for all the veggies out there. Oh and did I mention our waiter? I didn't get his name, but he was incredible - he deserves a promotion.
Molly, 23, London.
A tiny food pornographer, with a minor addiction to burgers and sushi. Following a dairy-free diet not by choice, but forever choosing to eat cheese and chocolate.