Eleven years later, this fantastic little hole in the wall and basement Japanese Izakaya eatery based in Marylebone and still there, has also opened its doors in a flashy new location. Run by four ex-Nobu colleagues, Dinings SW3 recently opened on Walton Street, Chelsea.
The restaurant has been transformed from an artist’s studio in a Grade I listed building with beautiful arched windows, high ceilings and a heavy carved ornate fireplace to the rear of the restaurant. We sat at the bar across the open kitchen, which I find much more interesting as you can watch the chefs create their magic. There is an upstairs sushi bar and a basement dining area too, although we did not venture down there.
I’ve never been to Dinings and had an average meal, so I was definitely not disappointed here. Known for their unique Izakaya-style of cooking incorporating authentic Japanese and European cuisines, we ordered:
Sea Bass Carpaccio with truffle ponzu jelly – an old time favourite bursting with flavour.
Cornish Crab and Toro (fatty tuna) with jalapeno mayonnaise tar tar chips – all very tiny and delicate.
Gem Lettuce with Wasabi Vinaigrette, Agedashi Tofu, Spicy Tuna Roll and an assortment of new style nigiri sushi – all so beautifully presented but disappeared in a few minutes, alas…!
Double Crab Roll with Yuzu – this just blew our mind. It was succulent and melt-in-your-mouth.
The tar tar chips were too tiny!
(Dinings SW3, Walton House, Walton Street, Lennox Gardens Mews, SW3 2JH, London; Tel +44 20 7723 0666)
By Diane Bilimoria, London