Dinings // Marylebone // London

Booking at least a week in advance is almost a prerequisite to get a chance to enjoy Dinings. Reason being, there are very few tables and they don’t having two sittings, so that they can ensure the comfort of their customers. And what fuels this demand? Tomonari Chiba; a former chef of the oh so well-known Nobu.

However, from the street the restaurant’s ground-floor sushi counter looks like quite ordinary. For the real magic you need to go downstairs. The atmosphere is intimate and cosy despite the concrete walls and the minimalist decor. They create this with their excellent service and thoughtful advice, which really helps you make the most of their sushi and Japanese tapas menu.

Once you’ve ordered your dishes (which are meant to be shared), they will appear one by one in an harmonious order, selected by the kitchen so that you can have a fabulous food journey. Of course, preferences can always be requested, but we suggest you trust the chef, as this is part of the whole experience. And you won’t be disappointed; each dish is like a small piece of art, full of flavour and colour.

For adventurous seafood eaters, the urchin served three ways will give your taste buds a whole new feeling. Though for a safer path, the king prawns are perfect and very well-cooked. Just as tasty too is the sea bass, which melts in your mouth surrounded by an amazing combination of aromas. Meat shouldn’t be bypassed either at Dinings. The duck magret is brilliant and the wagyu beef  lives up to its pedigree.

Broths and sauces are precisely balanced and sides like mushrooms perfectly match the dishes. To get the most out of your meal, drink tea rather than wine. Suggested infusions are designed to emphasise the whole experience, and on top of that, you’ll also get to discover their unusual sugar bowl.

So to conclude, overall an unforgettable experience, which you might even become an addiction thanks to the amazing service!

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