Fun fact: On our first date, my boyfriend and I went to Sticks'N'Sushi. We split one of their huge sharing platters and I had to admit - I was dying to go back as soon as we left. After all, the chain showcases a fusion of Danish and Japanese cuisine through yakitori sticks and unique sushi rolls. So it seemed like fate when the newest site in White City invited me to come down to review their restaurant. And the verdict? My other half and I went to find out.
Located near the main entrance to Westfield, the restaurant seemed like a fab shout after a long day of shopping. Spread across two floors, the venue’s design combines Japanese minimalism and Danish hygge to create a calming yet inviting atmosphere. While the first floor boasted a communal dining table with muted hues, the second floor fronted abstract light fixtures and pretty London views. As we settled in, we ordered a bottle of red wine to share. The Rappato, Caruso and Minini (£32) from Sicily encompassed a herbaceous flavour with a hint of violet coming through. A great start to the night.
For food, we grabbed the Kani Korokke (£10.60) – crab croquettes served with a touch of wasabi Caesar sauce. Croquettes can sometimes skimp out on fillings, but this was clearly not the case. Oozing umami flavour and perfectly crispy, each bite was enhanced by the spiciness from the wasabi.
We then grabbed the Mixed Emotions (£29.80), which was a plethora of Japanese eats served in three stages. The first set included edamame, ebi bites and the shake tataki. While the edamame was classic and earthy, the fresh slabs of salmon were bathed in kizami wasabi and ponzu – faultless. Meanwhile, the ebi bites were an elevated version of shrimp tempura as each morsel was paired with a dollop of miso aïoli, chilli, lime and coriander. Light and crispy, the hint of coriander and lime gave the dish a much-needed citrusy flavour.
Next up, we were served an array of sushi to dig into. One highlight was the Pink Alaska, which was a marriage of salmon, avocado and cream cheese, covered in lumpfish roe to add a little more texture. Each roll included a generous amount of salmon while the cream cheese was indulgent without being overpowering.
Finally, the third and final course featured a couple of yakitori sticks. We received the Tsukune which was a skewer of chicken meatballs doused in a savoury teriyaki and the Buta Yaki – free-range pork with yuzu miso. While we enjoyed these, we actually decided to get a few more – and these really stole the show. The Hotate Bacon (£6.10) were plump scallops wrapped in a slice of salty bacon and brushed lightly with a miso herb butter that was to die for. The Articoku (£6) were Jerusalem artichoke wedges, a great choice if you're after more veggie-friendly picks.
The DesignMyNight Digest
Fronting locations in Covent Garden, Victoria and beyond, Sticks'N'Sushi is ideal for date nights and after work dinners in London. With Japanese and Danish cooking at the forefront, the food was expertly put together to create yummy yakitori sticks, fresh seafood starters and unique sushi rolls. While the price can add up if you go for individual dishes, I recommend having a look at their sharing platters so you can try a bunch of their bites at a pocket-friendly cost.
💰 The damage: Around £100 between two, plus service charge.
📍 The location: Southern Terrace, Ariel Way, London W12 7GB.
👌 Perfect for: Cool date nights and post-shopping trips.
⭐ Need to know: For something budget-friendly, split one of their sharing platters.
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