Located between Marylebone and Edgeware Road, in the heart of London, you’ll find Dinings, a contemporary Japanese restaurant with a unique twist. Based on the traditional Japanese Izakaya style of cuisine, it’s a sushi and Japanese tapas bar, taking inspiration from the popular Spanish dishes, but using authentic Japanese flavours and ingredients.
Walk in and you’ll find a long stone sushi bar where head Chef Keiji Fuku is chopping fresh fish and stuffing fragrant handmade sushi rolls. It’s an ideal stop for a gourmet lunch away from the office. Head downstairs and you’ll find a simple and cosy space with white walls, wooden tables and bamboo room dividers where you can enjoy meals with friends or a romantic dinner for two.
To begin, why not start with a traditional miso soup made with seasonal mushrooms or for something a bit different, the Scottish lobster miso with tomato? Next move on to a cold tapas selection of mixed seaweed salad with spicy sesame sauce, seared Wagyu beef with porcini ponzu and grilled aubergine with sweet miso. Hot tapas dishes include plates such as grilled chili and garlic black cod, sizzling Scottish scallops with yuzu garlic chili soy and fresh water eels with foie gras donburi.
There are of course plenty of sushi, sashimi and sushi roll offerings on the menu too, for those who prefer the more traditional Japanese delights. There’s everything from the much-loved tuna and salmon sushi rolls to wagyu beef and yellowtail sashimi.
Vegetarians will be delighted with the offerings available to them too, (rare for a good Japanese restaurant) including various cold tapas dishes, three types of sushi and sashimi, as well as a sushi roll with chargrilled seasoned vegetables.
The restaurant even runs private and group sushi making workshops for various events, just in case you want to try and recreate these gourmet offerings at home.