‘Extraordinary Voyages’ is the theme of this year’s Chelsea in Bloom, which runs all this week, from September 20th – 25th. Throughout the week, visitors to the Kings Road, Chelsea, will be able to feast their eyes on the most dramatic of floral displays at Sticks’n’Sushi. An enormous dragon, made entirely of sustainably sourced and maintained fresh flowers and foliage, wraps its sinuous neck and body around the building, with its tail and rear talons reaching directly into the restaurant.
With a strong emphasis on sustainability, the dragon is made with carnations, solidago, aspidistra, crocus and ruscus. In total 6,800 stems of flowers and foliage have been used for the display. Nothing that harms the environment, such as oasis, has been used in the creation of the dragon.
Sticks’n’Sushi, the Danish restaurant group, is known for its high-quality, fresh food based on a unique combination of traditional sushi and yakitori sticks from the grill, Sticks’n’Sushi offers diners a welcoming combination of Danish hygge and Japanese Noren.
The Four Meal Drive sushi platter is not only visually stunning, but absolutely delicious. The Nigiri options include salmon, seared salmon, shrimp and tuna while the Maki includes nanban, pink alaska, spicy tuna, ebi panko, hell’s kitchen, shake aïoli and chirashi. When it comes to the ‘Sticks’, definitely try the scallops. It’s absolutely superb.
“Sticks’n’Sushi, has had an extraordinary voyage in its history, mastering Japanese cuisine, adding Nordic aesthetics and the hectic and vibrant feel of the UK, hence the inspiration behind the floral installation,” says Cosette Perez UK Head of Marketing at the restaurant group.
Created by leading florists In Water Flowers, the design echoes this journey. Long present in Japanese, Danish and British mythology, dragons have come to represent heroism and success. To play on the restaurant group’s Danish heritage, this dragon is taking his voyage in a Viking-style boat, created from aged tree bark.
Describing their inspiration, Neeva Shore of In Water Flowers said: “From Japanese mythology we have a creature with clawed feet depicting good, wisdom and strength, and we have channelled the Norse sagas and skaldic poems where the vessels of chieftains and kings, known as dragon ships, had carved dragons’ heads adorning them for protection, warding off the spirits of both land and sea.” In Water has been leading the way in creative floral design for over 17 years, and as well as creating the installation for Sticks’n’Sushi for Chelsea in Bloom, will be taking a stand at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.
Once the display has been admired and photographed, sit down for an exclusive floral cocktail, CHELSEA’S HANA, which has been created from Ultimate de Provence Rose wine, shaken with Bombay Sapphire, hibiscus liquor and fresh lemon. Served with a hibiscus sugar rim and edible flowers, it’s spot on and will tantalise your tastebuds enough while you wait for your food.
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