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Marylebone's innovative Japanese restaurant has opened a second branch in South Kensington this May. Chef Tomonari Chiba is properly international these days, with noodle bars in Tokyo and a Dinings outlet in a Tel-Aviv hotel.

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Summary

“Sublime fish” employed in “lots of new-style sushi” helps win nothing but adulation for Tomonari Chiba’s operation, now split between two sites – both of which deliver “exquisite” Japanese cuisine. The Marylebone original suffers from being a “cramped basement”, but the new Knightsbridge site makes a “great addition”, with “better decor and a larger kitchen, resulting in a wider menu and a better dining experience”.

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Don’t be put off by the simplicity of the dining room”“a noisy concrete basement” (although you can also sit at the ground floor bar): Tomonari Chiba’s sushi and other Japanese fare is “genius”, albeit “spectacularly expensive” at his original Marylebone venture of over ten years standing. In May 2017 he opened a considerably swankier offshoot in the beautiful and chichi premises vacated by Toto’s (RIP) which seem likely to become the dominant member of the duo hereafter. It features a mashup of Japanese and Western ingredients and ideas – early press reviews are mixed.

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Restaurant details

9.30 pm, Fri & Sat 10 pm, Sun 9 pm
Opening hours

L noon-2.45 pm, Sun 12.30-2.45 pm; D Mon-Thu 6-9.30 pm, Fri & Sat 6-10 pm, Sun 6-9 pm
Last orders: 9.30 pm, Fri & Sat 10 pm, Sun 9 pm

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