Tucked away in a converted townhouse in beautiful Marylebone, Dinings is a Japanese tapas and sushi restaurant serving delicious contemporary dishes that incorporate a fusion of Japanese and European flavours. Due to its compact size, it can be difficult to get a table, but the restaurant takes booking up to a month in advance, so plan ahead! The simple but stylish interior fits in with Dinings’ upmarket central London location. The ground floor has a long stone sushi bar where head Chef Keiji Fuku prepares the delicate and flavoursome sushi dishes – the perfect place to stop for lunch.
The basement floor is where you will want to sit for an intimate and cosy dinner. The menu is full of both hot and cold tapas dishes ranging from traditional sushi and sashimi, to more modern versions of Japanese favourites such as the seared Wagyu beef with porcini ponzu and the crab croquettas with a smoked paprika relish. Vegetarians will not be disappointed with the delicious range of vegetable-based dishes such as the ‘Nasu miso’ grilled aubergine and the kabocha pumpkin tempura sushi. As with many restaurants in this area, the menu is a little pricey, but the exquisite food is definitely worth it if you’re in the mood to treat yourself!
Location: 22 Harcourt Street, London, W1H 4HH
Opening hours: Lunch everyday from 12pm-4pm. Dinner from Monday to Thursday from 6pm to 10.30pm, Friday and Saturday from 6pm to 11pm and Sunday from 6pm to 10pm
Why do people go there? For a modern and delicious twist on traditional Japanese sushi and tapas.