DiningsLondon | United Kingdom

  • added: Apr 11 2010
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Sushi lovers know that London is the perfect spot to try creative inventions of the growing number of Japanese chefs outside Japan. Most people will first think of Nobu. However, we shall talk about a different place.

Sushi lovers know that London is the perfect spot to try creative inventions of the growing number of Japanese chefs outside Japan. Most people will first think of Nobu. However, we shall talk about a different place. This is a very small restaurant in Marylebone opened by the ex-sous chef of Nobu - Tomonari Chiba. The place is called Dinings and it is focused on Izakaya style food  (Japanese gastropub). It is a Japanese version of the tapas bar where all dishes come in relatively small sizes which allows the guests to try different creations and surprise their taste palates. Tomonari Chiba found a worthy companion – Masaki Sugisaki – who became the head chef of Dinings in 2008. Masaki Sugisaki’s experience in the art of Japanese cuisine is vast and wide ranging from traditional style cuisine to contemporary sushi and Izakaya. His contributions to Dinings menu and its artistic approach can not be left unnoticed.

Dinings layout offers a 6-seater sushi bar on the ground level and a handful of tables at the lower ground level. We would highly recommend to book a few days in advance as the queue of fans is tremendous. The best seats are always at the sushi counter as you are able to watch the chef create his masterpieces. Among his signature dishes are wagyu beef sushi with fois gras; spider roll (thick roll of soft shell crab); sea urchin sushi with a poached quail egg; fresh fish tar tar chips; lobster tempura with three sauces and the list can go longer. The quality and freshness of the seafood ingredients is first class; nor does the place lack creativity. One of the newest inventions include scallop sushi with seared tartar sauce (amazing sweet melting combination) and sea-bass carpaccio with ponzu jelly & winter truffles (your tastebuds would be spoiled with this luxury). Be sure to try soba noodles soup and char grilled chilli prawns.  The presentation of all dishes is impeccable and strictly managed by the chef. The dessert selection offers a few well-known dishes with the Japanese twist, ie. green tea crème brûlée or  special Japanese tea pannacotta. Our personal favourite is the chocolate fondant – crisp outer layer of chocolate dough with smooth & seductive liquid chocolate inside. Highly recommend to pair it with the house green tea or one of the special Japanese teas on the menu.

This is the sushi place not to be missed and to be closely observed for future developments!

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