Sticks’n’Sushi in Oxford, is one of the roof top restaurants located in Westgate Shopping centre, over looking the stunning city. I came here last in January when I was living in Oxford and the restaurant had just opened. I was very excited to go back as the food last time was impeccable.
I had booked a table for 3 to meet up with my friends Miranda and Lucy as a catch up was seriously overdue. We were running a little late but Miranda got there before us and chose to sit outside – great for people watching and to enjoy the last of the summer sun.
The restaurant was lively, customers chatted away and enjoyed their tasty food.
The girls had ordered drinks whilst I was in the ladies, so I ordered the same and we said cheers with a glass of mio sake sparkling – a sweet sparking wine, which was easy to drink (rather dangerous if you’d ask me… it was like sweet sparkling juice) light and delicious, with fruity aromas.
When I browsed their menu they had added more dishes, with affordable options and mouthwatering choices. I love how they had eye catching imagery with descriptive dishes.
We chose the Hosomaki’s to share between us – Shake Maki: Salmon 8pcs £3.60 and Abokado Maki: avocado 8pcs £3. Every bite was delicious, the salmon was fresh and the avocado was smooth and it went down a treat.
Miranda’s main course came first, Robust dish the sticks: chicken and squid sausage with miso aïoli, chicken with chili & teriyaki, veal with miso herb butter, duck breast with panko and wasabi caesar, emmental cheese with bacon, organic free range pork with yuzu-miso. Rice and grilled broccoli with goma shiro £26 it was so good, that she wasn’t prepared to share, although I did get my chop sticks on some of the grilled broccoli – the sauce was divine, with a nutty flavour that really entices the broccoli flavour.
Lucy and I had to wait a little longer before our mains arrived; we both opted for the Salmon Od.
Daikon shake: salmon with daikon & wafu; 4 refreshing rice paper wraps with salmon and radishes with a delicious thick sauce.
Nigiri: salmon NY and seared salmon; these were heavenly the seared salmon was so tender that it melted in my mouth.
Maki: pink alaska and shake kyuri; really filling and scrumptious.
Tataki: salmon, kizami wasabi & ponzu – thinly sliced seared salmon smothered in soy sauce with a hint of wasabi giving an extra depth to its taste this was executed perfectly the flavours were exquisite. The Salmon Od was £22 which I thought was worth every penny, filling and delicious – ticked all the boxes!
I had requested an extra dish (as I was eating with my eyes) the small choas, was packed full of delicious flavours; salmon, avocado, snow peas, trout roe, ginger, sesame & sushi rice at £9.80. It tasted incredible but I was rapidly getting fuller by the minute as my main was huge, but because everything was so good I didn’t want to waste it!
When dining out with Miranda I always find room for dessert. We all wanted the 3 for £10 option as we could all have a little nibble of each other’s.
The 3 pots I chose was the white chocolate mousse: topped with liquorice & raspberry foam (but I requested the liquorice to be taken out and they happily obliged). It was a smooth dessert a balance between sweet and sour perfect combination, a great palette cleanser from all the delicious eateries we experienced.
The white chocolate with sweet miso & puffed rice was ok, I personally thought the outer shell was a bit plain although the inside had more of a tasty flavour.
My final choice was the Gateau Marcel topped with chocolate pearls which I had last time and loved – rich and chocolatey with a moist sponge.
My thoughts have not changed since January, I strongly recommend Sticks’n’Sushi it’s an elegant and sophisticated restaurant with exquisite food. Perfect for families and foodies, the ambience was lively and it was a great place to catch up with the girls.
Their opening times are from Wednesday to Saturday 11.30am to 11pm. Sunday to Tuesday 11.30am to 10pm.
The London restaurants are a little different, but easy to find on their website.