Sticks n Sushi was born in Denmark over 25 years ago and has expanded across London and the UK in recent years, offering fresh sushi and yakitori to the masses. It may be a chain, but there’s nothing wrong with that – in fact we’ve already rounded up some of our favourite restaurant chains in London – especially when it’s as good as Sticks n Sushi.

The latest Sticks n Sushi sits on Beak St, Soho in the same building as artist Damien Hirst has his flagship studio and art complex. With 170 covers, it’s a big place yet manages to feel cosy with hanging partitions and nods to both Nordic and Japanese design.

The menu is a beautifully curated photographic journal of their food, with all those amazing colours and presentation of the maki, nigiri, sashimi and sushi. Straight off the bat we order crab croquettes with wasabi caesar before the waitress even takes our drink order because we just know they will be good. We’re pleased the little bowl contains four of these bad boys because just three would be a travesty. Insanely good.

From the Maki section, we go for the ebi panko; tempura shrimp
and spicy sauce topped with avocado. The only gripe is you can’t mix and match the 8 piece order, it would be nice to mix it up. Super enjoyable all the same though.

For the sticks, there is a decent amount of choice; Black cod and miso is butter soft; the salmon, teriyaki and spring onion is sweet and warm; and the chicken, squid sausage and miso aïoli is knockout good. Hiramasa collar with sea salt and lemon served with miso soup and a bowl of rice is a simple yet satisfying dish. Desserts all look amazing, but the winner for us is the white chocolate mousse topped with liquorice and raspberry foam.

Sticks n Sushi is easy to love. It’s great Japanese food with a Nordic twist that hits the spot.

Sticks’n’Sushi Soho, 40 Beak Street, Soho, London W1F 9RQ