London Victoria Station was opened in 1860 and is now the second-busiest train station in the city, a close second to Waterloo. Seventy-five million people pass through the train station every year—and we like the thought of giving our guests a bite of Tokyo with a hint of Copenhagen before they head into the concrete jungle of the London metropolis.
Candles and Japanese minimalism
There has been a lot of negative press about the Nova Victoria—it has even been “honoured” with the title ‘Britain’s Worst New Building 2017’. But behind the glass façade is a cosy little restaurant: the newest Sticks’n’Sushi to grace the English landscape.
The restaurant is decorated in the stereotypically Danish way, with live candles and long, airy curtains that serves to wrap our diners in their individual bubbles. The dominant colours are black, dusty green, and wood, and above the tables are big lamps that illuminate the décor of the restaurant, which is characterised by its Japanese feel. We have stuck to the principles of the Japanese trend, wabi sabi, which is all about simplicity, humility, and the art of finding perfection in the imperfect.
The Hong Kong based architecture firm, Neri & Hu, have combined the concepts of Danish hygge and Japanese minimalism, in perfect keeping with our idea of Sticks’n’Sushi being the middle ground between Tokyo and Copenhagen.
The restaurant is spread across two floors and the architects were asked to create a concept based on the idea of a house on a rock. The room looks as though it has been carved from the side of a rock. Mirrors and lamps highlight the nooks and crannies of the restaurant, and if you go up to the first floor, it feels as though you are walking into a church, thanks to all the elegant arches.
The tables underneath the beautiful arches offer a view of the kitchen, where the chefs are preparing our staple menu of vegetables, meat, and fish. There is something for everyone, regardless of whether they prefer raw or grilled. There is even a balanced mix of sushi, grilled delicacies, and colourful salads. The vegetables are fresh —and our presentations are innovative and appeal to the senses. As always, we offer desserts, Japanese beers, and sake (and if you prefer your raw fish with carbonated beverages, that can easily be arranged, too).
If you are a group of 10 people or more, we offer a large communal table where you can dine together and talk with everyone, shielded from the other guests without feeling isolated. For larger groups or parties, ask us about our semi-private dining available when booking.