When In Copenhagen, Eat Japanese Food At Sticks N' Sushi

When In Copenhagen, Eat Japanese Food At Sticks N' Sushi
Tivoli Hotel Congress Center

When I travel abroad, I make it a personal mandate to eat in places with fantastic views and Copenhagen certainly has such places in abundance. For example, it has Tarnet Restaurant and Nimb Brasserie. Both of these dining establishments offer wonderful European cuisine; however, what if you want some Asian flavours?

Well, look no further as Sticks N’ Sushi, located in the Harbour Tower of Tivoli Hotel & Congress Centre, will serve you some of the best Japanese food with a twist that you could ever imagine. I never expected to find such marvellous Japanese cuisine in a Nordic country and so am compelled to tell you everything about what you could experience there if you decide to visit.

Making your way through Tivoli Hotel & Congress Centre

when in copenhagen, eat japanese food at sticks n' sushi | making your way through tivoli hotel & congress centre

The moment you enter the peaceful 4 star Tivoli Hotel & Congress Centre, you will be wow-ed by the interior and modern furnishings. The hospitable reception will direct you to the lifts that will take you to Sushi N’ Sticks. With the popularity of guests staying at the Tivoli Hotel & Congress Centre as well as outsiders visiting to experience Sushi N’ Sticks, you should be mindful that you will be waiting for quite some time.

Once you are in the lift, you will be taken up to the 12th floor, which is exactly where Sushi N’ Sticks is located. The moment the lift door opens, you will be faced with a member of staff and see the Skybar on one side and various types of seating areas on the other side. The Skybar is part of Sticks N’ Sushi albeit its operating times are different, so please do check out the website for the times that it and the restaurant are open.

Brilliant views of different parts of Copenhagen

when in copenhagen, eat japanese food at sticks n' sushi | brilliant views of different parts of copenhagen

The peacefulness that you experienced at the entrance of the Tivoli Hotel & Congress Centre will shift as you immediately experience the buzz and very happening vibe in Sticks N’ Sushi. It felt like half of Copenhagen was hiding out in this chique corner of the city when I visited. With that in mind, I would suggest that if you wish to visit, you make a reservation in advance. There are different types of seating areas including that at floor level, those with large sofas in a lounge area which include swings, and an area with the standard tables and chairs.

If you’re sitting on the floor area, your experience will start by removing your shoes (already making the place feel more authentic) and receiving some slippers in return. You should note that whether you sit on the floor, in the lounge or at the standard tables and chairs area, you will be quite close to other diners so do get ready to at least say, “hello” when it feels like a new person has joined your party. There are different views of the city contingent on where you sit, so you could get to see the beautiful harbour or alternatively, a part of the city. This is due to the huge floor-to-ceiling windows in most parts of the restaurant meaning that you will certainly get to see some of the panoramic views of what Copenhagen has to offer.

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A menu that is a catalogue of over 100 gorgeous visuals

when in copenhagen, eat japanese food at sticks n' sushi | a menu that is a catalogue of over 100 gorgeous visuals

Once you’re seated, you will receive one of the most unique menus as Sticks N’ Sushi is all about showing you exactly what you could order. This is because the menu is more of a beautiful catalogue with over 100 amazing visuals of food. Whilst some could find it voluminous, I simply couldn’t stop pointing at one dish after another that I quite frankly had to experience. I had visited Sticks N Sushi with my parents, who can at times be rather fussy eaters and not big fans of Japanese food and I wanted to show them the variety of food and the immense flavour that could come out of dishes that look so small and simple. As a result, I had ordered an array of cold and hot dishes including spicy edamame beans, seaweed salad, avocado maki, avocado nigiri, tenderstem broccoli, mushroom yakitori, sweet potatoes sticks, grilled corn, rice and a few more dishes (yes, I know that’s already quite a few!).

Every plate that arrived was fresh, perfectly seasoned and so unbelievably tasty. Who would think that raw vegetables with some sauces could be such a delight? Some of the sauces had so much substance and depth that even I was surprised. My not so adventurous culinary parents were also delighted with the entire meal and are finally now more open minded to eating certain cuisines that they were previously not so interested in. Each item was crazy delicious and I strongly recommend that you visit this beautiful haven of Japanese cuisine in the rather unexpected Copenhagen. The menu at Sticks N’ Sushi does change every now and again so don’t be surprised if you visit a second time and find new dishes on the comprehensive and fantastically designed menu.

Unusual and magnificent miniature desserts

when in copenhagen, eat japanese food at sticks n' sushi | unusual and magnificent miniature desserts

Similarly to the hot and cold dishes available for the main course, the desserts menu (included in the same catalogue) also changes over time. The desserts that I sampled during my trip included a chocolate fondant, black sesame ice cream, a liquorice crème brulee and a white chocolate sweet miso and puffed rice item. The desserts are presented in a rather simple fashion and yet are so unusual in respect to their colours and flavours. The black sesame ice cream was possibly the best ice cream that I have ever experienced anywhere (and I love my ice cream).

The desserts are quite miniature as you can see; however, the advantage of such size is that you can order a few to be shared, so you can get a real feel for the sweet offering at Sticks N’ Sushi. In the summertime, diners tend to opt to have their drinks and desserts whilst sitting on the swings so that they can really embrace the fabulous views of Copenhagen. Such a view would be gorgeous during the sunset in the summertime, with the beautiful pink and blue skies in the background. Your experience at Sticks N’ Sushi will definitely be memorable firstly because of the excellent food and secondly because of the sensational overview that you will have of parts of Copenhagen. In addition, the service at this establishment is informal, relaxed and friendly.

Recommended in a heartbeat!

The cost for drinks, an array of cold and hot items as well as a few desserts for at least two persons at Sticks N’ Sushi would cost approximately 420 DKK (63 USD), which whilst not inexpensive, may be considered to be too high by some. However, I am here to tell you that the price is acceptable for the quality and overall experience of visiting this wonderful establishment. In light of the fact that Copenhagen is not the cheapest of destinations, Sticks N’ Sushi offers good value for money and I would recommend this place in a heartbeat as one of the top places to visit in this city. I can’t wait to return and eat here again (and neither and surprisingly enough can my parents).

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Puja Modha has trained as a lawyer, worked as a compliance officer and is an experienced travel journalist that enjoys writing about her experiences across the world. She was born in England, her...Read more

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