A new Japanese indulgence!

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.

Interiors

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.

Dinings 4

Cuisine

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…!

Standout Dish

Double Crab Roll with Yuzu – this just blew our mind. It was succulent and melt-in-your-mouth.

Sore Spot

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

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