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A Sticks’n’Sushi Review | High End Places To Eat In Cambridge

Sticks'n'Sushi AMAI MIZU

If you know me, you’ll know I love my food. My first ever blog post was titled ‘A Long Weekend of Food’ but I then inadvertently strayed away from that type of content. For a while now though, I’ve been considering bringing it back. I really want to broaden my lifestyle posts in order to share more experiences and recommend more places. So the first follows from my birthday trip to Sticks’n’Sushi in Cambridge.

Sticks’n’Sushi

Sticks’n’Sushi is somewhere we’ve wandered by a few times but never found ourselves in. The decor, music and service all contribute to a vibe so trendy you question whether you’re really still in Cambridge. With only a few restaurants dotted around the country, Cambridge and Oxford are the only locations situated outside of Londons more affluent postcodes.

 

Sticks'n'Sushi Edamame

OUR ORDER

Faced with so much choice, we decided to reduce our decision making time drastically by ordering one of their selections.

‘Perfect Day’ is a £68 board filled with plenty of choice, none of them super controversial. We spotted (and avoided) a few brave options including ducks heart. Although we were more than happy with everything included, I particularly fancied the tempura prawns so they kindly (and without any hesitation) agreed to swap out one of the choices.

Although their photo album- yes, this place is too trendy to offer only a menu- showed the selection together on a board, it was actually served in parts. This gave us chance to talk and enjoy the food at a slower pace. I really rate restaurants that want you to enjoy your experience. The waiters hovered but didn’t intrude and the atmosphere was just brilliant, we spent around an hour and a half there and didn’t feel rushed or ignored at any point, a balance which is difficult to achieve.

 

Sticks'n'Sushi Maki

Our meal came in three parts, the starter being Kani Karokke: crab croquettes & wasabi caesar, Edamame: beans with salt & lemon and the additional Tempura Prawns.

The second course consisted of the following sushi:

Tataki: salmon, kizami wasabi & ponzu

Nigiri: seared salmon, tuna and avocado with miso aïoli & sesame

Maki: crispy ebi, spicy tuna and rice paper with duck & goma

Lastly came the sticks: asparagus with bacon, salmon with teriyaki and chicken meatballs with teriyaki, all absolutely delicious.

The selection is designed for two large appetites but would comfortably serve three (especially at lunch). We ended up boxing up around 10 pieces to take home and I had to woefully decline dessert.

 

Sticks'n'Sushi Nigiri Rolls

THE DRINKS

Although I enjoy a cocktail every so often, I’m not the biggest drinker so tend to opt for mocktails. Although this section was limited in comparison to the rest of their extensive drinks menu, I was still happy with the options. I ordered a Maneki: grapefruit juice, passion fruit, lime & honey all shaken up and J ordered a Amai Mizu: fresh raspberries blended with pineapple juice, lime & agave. Both were delicious.

For want of a better word, mocktails can often feel quite patronising. These were the best I’ve ever had and that’s no exaggeration. Both were sophisticated and served, as they should be, in cocktail glasses. You wouldn’t have been able to tell that they weren’t alcoholic and I think that it’s a nice touch.

 

As to be expected with somewhere so nice, you can expect a 12.5% service charge to be added to the bill. The service was good enough to warrant it.

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35 Comments

  • Reply Natonya

    Lately my sister and I have been eating 🍣 and let me say, it’s one of the best type of cuisines to eat. The Nigiri and Chicken meatballs with teryaki sauce sounds divine🤤

    Natonya | https://justnatonya.wordpress.com

    May 23, 2019 at 5:39 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Me and J absolutely love it too! All of it was just incredible, definitely the most fresh sushi we’ve ever had too! x

      May 23, 2019 at 7:27 pm
  • Reply Aaliyah

    This place looks amazing! I always end up going to the same few restaurants that I always go to and never really branch out. The selection you ordered sounds like it was a really great value for money, Also those mocktails sound amazing! X

    May 23, 2019 at 5:47 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      We loved it! I think we can all be guilty of this from time to time, recently we’ve been loving trying new places so I can’t wait to share more of the best ones! x

      May 23, 2019 at 7:36 pm
  • Reply Jessica & James

    We have a sticks’n’sushi in London and we’ve been lucky to have been a few times because a good friend of ours worked there – woo to discount, but my oh my, it is so worth every penny, because it is top quality!

    Jessica & James | http://www.foodandbaker.co.uk

    May 23, 2019 at 6:34 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so pleased to hear that the London ones are great too- lucky you getting discount! I totally agree, it’s by far the best quality sushi I’ve ever had!x

      May 23, 2019 at 7:39 pm
  • Reply Deborah Kos

    STICKS’N’SUSHI looks like a very classy, elegant place to eat. The food is so elegantly prepared with all the colors. It looks very high end. It sounds like a place well worth checking out if you are in the area.

    May 23, 2019 at 9:16 pm
  • Reply Bexa

    Okay this post is seriously making me crave some sushi! It looks like you had a wonderful meal Soph, and your photography is fantastic! Everything looks so fresh and appetizing. It’s lovely that the atmosphere was so chilled and perfect they offered a selection of delicious mocktails too. I feel like it’s been wayyy too long since I had any sushi, I definitely need to change that this weekend! Fab post! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    May 24, 2019 at 2:38 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It was lovely, thank you! Haha I’d always recommend sushi! Have a great long weekend x

      May 26, 2019 at 1:04 pm
  • Reply Chloe Chats

    I love that they have a photo album for their menu, that’s amazing haha. I feel like all restaurants should have that, would be great to see pictures of all the meals on offer! This place sounds lovely though <3

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

    May 24, 2019 at 7:46 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s pretty cool isn’t it!? I agree, it was super helpful, plus it was really descriptive too! x

      May 26, 2019 at 10:57 pm
  • Reply Samantha

    I’m one of the few who’s never eaten sushi. I’m veggie and have been since my teens! I couldn’t imagine eating fish, let alone raw fish!! It’s always beautifully presented though isn’t it. I’m glad you enjoyed yourselves lovely! x

    Samantha | https://thebeautyspyglass.com

    May 24, 2019 at 11:36 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I was pretty late to it as well- I know Yo! Sushi now has a whole load of veggie and vegan options so one to keep in mind if you ever fancy trying it! x

      May 26, 2019 at 11:07 pm
  • Reply Luke Heywood

    This looks a lovely place!
    Great review ♥

    Luke | http://www.lukeheywoodstyle.co.uk

    May 26, 2019 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Beka

    That food looks delicious! I love sushi, but I’ll admit other than 1 other restaurant, I always go to Yo! Sushi… 🙄 there isn’t much of a selection up here, that I know about anyway! I wish there was a Sticks’n’Sushi near me, I’m craving it now 😂

    I love food/restaurant reviews – if it’s something you enjoy, definitely go for it and do more!

    Beka | http://www.bekadaisies.com

    May 26, 2019 at 9:50 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      It totally was! It’s such a shame there’s no Sticks’n’Sushi near you- definitely keep it in mind if you’re anywhere near one! Yay, I’m so glad, thanks for the positive feedback! x

      May 27, 2019 at 8:45 pm
  • Reply Ellen

    You should definitely post what you want on your blog! I really enjoyed reading this, even though I don’t like sushi!

    May 26, 2019 at 9:51 am
  • Reply Katie Dolan

    I’m a big fan of Sushi and this sounds like an amazing restaurant.

    Katie | http://www.justkatiee.com XX

    May 26, 2019 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply Gemma

    Oh my goshhhh I’m drooling! This place looks insane!

    May 26, 2019 at 1:24 pm
  • Reply Kristin Harris/Tales from Home

    This sounds like a really nice resturant to visit! I love trying new foods though I have yet to attempt sushi. Maybe someday!

    May 26, 2019 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply Margot

    It looks so so good.
    Now I’m hungry haha.
    xx
    Margot
    https://troughthepasturesofthesky.com

    May 26, 2019 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply Eena

    I love that you’ll be writing food-related posts in the future, Soph! Nothing wrong with a good food post every now and then 🙂 I think Sticks N Sushi was the perfect choice – everything looks so good! Sushi is undoubtedly one of my favorite meals but I have to remind myself not to have it everyday or I’ll be so sick of it, haha!

    cabin twenty-four

    May 26, 2019 at 10:24 pm
  • Reply Kayleigh Zara

    This place looks stunning, I absolutely love sushi so this is making me so jealous haha. Everything looks so well presented and the mocktails look so good too x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿 http://www.kayleighzaraa.com

    May 26, 2019 at 10:51 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Honestly we were so impressed, definitely one to keep in mind if you’re ever near one!x

      May 27, 2019 at 8:47 am
      • Reply Kate Ballamy

        Wow this post has made me hungry, everything looks amazing! If I’m ever in Cambridge I’ll definitely be heading here, loved reading your review 🙂

        May 27, 2019 at 6:20 pm
  • Reply Mercy

    Looks appetising. I love a good serve of Japanese food especially nigiri. Nice to see this post in your blog.

    http://www.busyandfab.com

    May 27, 2019 at 3:40 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I love nigiri too- thanks! I’m so glad you like it x

      May 27, 2019 at 9:01 am
  • Reply Eve Morgan

    I absolutely love sushi, these photos are making my mouth water! The salmon teriyaki sticks sound amazing, as do the crab croquettes & wasabi caesar. I’ll bear it in mind for future visits to Cambridge/Oxford.

    Eve x
    http://www.evemorganinteriors.com

    May 27, 2019 at 5:15 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I do too! It was all so good, definitely worth a visit if convenient x

      June 13, 2019 at 9:43 pm
  • Reply Tiffany

    The Edamame looks so good, and the pictures looks amazing!

    May 27, 2019 at 7:36 pm
  • Reply Anastasia

    Not only the food looks delicious but it also looks like such a classy place!!!
    xo
    Anastasia
    https://www.natbees.com/microblading-in-aberdeen/

    May 27, 2019 at 8:27 pm
  • Reply Nancy

    I am a huge fan of sushi! Mmm, love that you picked out the Perfect Day! I love how everything turned out. It is interesting to see an avocado nigiri. Hehe, you can never go wrong with the cocktails. I always appreciate it when a sushi restaurant offers something beyond sake and beer. Glad you enjoyed your time out there!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    May 28, 2019 at 2:53 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      It was so good! I agree, I love places that offer a huge variety of different options for both food and drinks! Sicks ‘n’ Sushi definitely do just that! x

      June 12, 2019 at 7:43 pm
  • Reply Katy

    I’d definitely go for the prawns over the duck’s heart too! It all looks so beautiful and delicious though! I’ve even added it to my restaurant list on my phone!

    Katy | http://www.therawrdrobe.com

    May 28, 2019 at 11:33 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m glad- give me the safe tasty option any day! Oh that makes me so happy- I hope you love it as much as I did! x

      June 12, 2019 at 7:28 pm

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