Described as the group’s largest restaurant to date, the opening fulfills the founders’ long term goal to open a business at the location. Situated at 113-115 Kings Road, the newest Sticks’n’Sushi will accommodate 220 guests over its three floors.
It was designed by Copenhagen architects NORM and the interior will play on themes of light and dark, with each floor having its own distinctive identity achieved through the use of different, but complementary, colours, textures and lighting.
The focal point of the 90-cover ground floor will be an open kitchen island with counter seating. The kitchen is also visible from both the high banquettes and lower table seating around the room, creating “a sense of theatre”.
Upstairs on the first floor, counter seating, low banquettes and tables will offer a variety of spaces for guests. There will also be larger booths and a long communal table, a familiar fixture of Sticks’n’Sushi since its founding in Copenhagen in 1994. The basement houses a distinctive feature and a first for the group: The Kings Room, a 26-seat ‘restaurant-within-a-restaurant’ private dining room, equipped with its own kitchen, cocktail bar and dedicated team. Guests booking the room will be able to choose bespoke menus, prepared for them by their own chefs, and can choose to have the concertina doors to the kitchen open to watch the chefs or closed for privacy. The room can also be booked for presentations and guests can opt for music separate from the rest of the restaurant.
The restaurant’s menu will be presented as a ‘photo album’ with dishes grouped into categories. Sticks, sushi and sashimi can be ordered a la carte as individual pieces, or as menus composed by Sticks’n’Sushi. Vegan, plant-based and meat-free options are also available. Sticks’n’Sushi will also offer its complete menu to takeaway.
Founder Kim Rahbek, said: “Ever since my brother Jens, brother-in-law and partner Thor Andersen and I first came up with the idea for Sticks’n’Sushi, we’ve said that one day we would open on the Kings Road. For us it’s the epitome of everything that’s great about London; from the Swinging Sixties to the present day it’s never gone out of style. So to be opening here this year really is a dream come true for us.”
Group CEO Rod McKie added: “We are delighted to be opening the largest Sticks’n’Sushi anywhere to date on the world-famous Kings Road. With its many different dining and bar spaces, as well as our first ‘restaurant-within-a-restaurant’ for private dining, we’re bringing a new style of Sticks’n’Sushi experience to Chelsea.”