One of London’s leading Japanese restaurants since it opened in Marylebone in 2006, Dinings is to launch a sister venue in Knightsbridge next month.
Dinings SW3 aims to fuse Japanese tradition with European seafood bar culture, offering plateaux de fruits de mer fresh from Cornish dayboats, plus robata-style cuisine using a Josper grill, with a seasonal sake list from the Konomoto family brewery in Japan.
Set in a mews off Walton Street in premises formerly occupied by Italian restaurant Toto’s (RIP), Dinings SW3 will have its own courtyard, with its dining room occupying a light-filled former artist’s studio.
The shift to these beauteous premises could not be a starker break with the looks of the Marylebone original, with complaints every year in the Harden’s Survey about its “bunker-like” basement setting. But most agree that it serves some of “the best quality and most innovative Japanese food in London”.
Dinings was founded by chef Tomonari Chiba and three colleagues who had worked together at Nobu. Dinings Tel Aviv was opened inside the Norman Hotel in December 2015.