REVIEW: Sticks’n’Sushi, Chelsea delights foodies with its festive menu

As a self-proclaimed sushi aficionado, my culinary adventures led me to the renowned Sticks’n’Sushi in Chelsea, and I couldn’t have asked for a better dining companion than my equally sushi-loving friend, Hannah. From the moment we stepped into the chic and vibrant atmosphere of the restaurant, we knew we were in for a treat.

Our gastronomic journey commenced with the Fried Cauliflower with black truffle goma, a dish that set the bar high for what was to come. The cauliflower was perfectly crispy, and the black truffle goma elevated the flavours to new heights. It was a delightful start that left us eagerly anticipating the rest of the menu.

Next up was the Shake Tatami, a masterpiece that showcased salmon sashimi marinated in daikon cress, kizami wasabi, and ponzu. The freshness of the salmon combined with the tangy ponzu and the subtle heat of the wasabi created a symphony of flavors that danced on our palates. Each bite was a revelation, a testament to the culinary expertise of the chefs at Sticks’n’Sushi.

The Rice Paper Rolls filled with duck, pickled red onion, avocado, cucumber, and coriander followed, offering a refreshing contrast to the previous dishes. The tender duck, paired with the crisp vegetables and fragrant coriander, was a gastronomic nod to the restaurant’s commitment to diverse and innovative sushi creations.

Our kind of sprouts…

Our taste buds were further tantalized by the Ebi Panko, a sushi roll filled with tempura shrimp and spicy sauce, topped with creamy avocado. The juxtaposition of textures – the crunchiness of the tempura against the smoothness of the avocado – was a sensory delight, making it an instant favorite.

As we delved into the festive specials, the Miso Sprouts stole the show. Brussel sprouts marinated in soy sauce, soya sesame, and ouzo miso created a festive symphony of flavours that left us craving for more. The umami-rich miso complemented the earthy notes of the Brussels sprouts, making this dish a perfect addition to the holiday season.

The Kakiage Inure, featuring Jerusalem artichoke and shiso tempura, wasabi cream, and sake-marinated trout roe, was another festive sensation. The artichoke’s crispiness, paired with the creamy wasabi sauce and the burst of flavour from the trout roe, showcased the chef’s ingenuity in crafting unique and memorable dishes.

Artichoke done right

To wash down this culinary extravaganza, we opted for their refreshing mocktails. The balance of sweetness and acidity in these non-alcoholic beverages was the perfect accompaniment to the rich and diverse flavors of the sushi. The mocktails not only refreshed our palates but also enhanced our overall dining experience.

Sticks’n’Sushi in Chelsea proved to be a haven for sushi enthusiasts, offering a culinary journey that exceeded our expectations. From the innovative sushi rolls to the festive specials, each dish showcased a harmonious blend of flavours and textures. With a vibrant atmosphere, attentive service, and a menu that caters to both traditional and adventurous palates, Sticks’n’Sushi is a must-visit for anyone seeking an extraordinary sushi experience.

My sashimi-loving friend Hannah and I left with satisfied smiles, eager to return soon for another round of sushi-fuelled bliss.

Mitra Msaad

Editor in Chief