Dinings

Price guide: Expensive

22 Harcourt Street, London, W1H 4HH

Price guide: Expensive

Japanese izakaya meets Europe © Leon Brocard

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#69 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:3.9 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.3
4.3
Ambience:
3.7
3.7
Service:
3.7
3.7
Location:
3
3.0
Value for money:
3.7
3.7
Recommended for:
Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, Design and architecture, Trendiness

Expert review of Dinings

London’s gastronauts love this bijou spot for its luxuriously simple Japanese fusion cuisine.

Dinings’ chef-patron Tomonari Chiba was formerly a chef at Nobu, and produces food to rival that served at the internationally-renowned celebrity hangout. So why isn’t this place better known? Among the cognoscenti Dinings is a favourite, but it’s simply too small to tempt the crowds.

Food and drink: 

Forget any plans you may have regarding the cheap set menu – it’s almost impossible to resist the à la carte and specials board, which are thrillingly foodie. Seabass carpaccio with ponzu jelly and truffle salsa, lobster cocktail with creamy jalapeño sauce, and wagyu beef and foie gras sushi roll sum up the tendency to fuse French and Latin ideas with Japanese cuisine. Nevertheless this sort of dainty contemporary fusion cooking isn’t for everybody, so give some thought to who you take with you.

Ambience: 

The main restaurant is set in the tiny basement of a terrace house – cramped but stylishly monastic, the concrete lent warmth (though not comfort) with plenty of wood. They call it ‘bunker style’. Still, it’s easy to make friends with fellow diners (the same can be said of the first floor sushi bar).

Service: 

The international team are sweet but not swift.

Location: 

Tucked away on the residential, Edgware Road side of Marylebone.

Price advice: 

Set donburi lunches are priced £12-£19.80, but that’s only a means of keeping costs down if you actually order them! Main dishes from the carte and specials list could be £9.85-£19.80 and you’d normally order three or four to make a meal. I’ve found desserts the least successful, so you could perhaps skip them.

More information on Dinings:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant, Tapas bar
Food:
Fusion, Japanese, Modern
Address:
22 Harcourt Street, London, W1H 4HH
Telephone:
020 7723 0666
Website:
http://www.dinings.co.uk
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm; Sat 6pm-10.30pm. Closed Sun.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Dinings? Would you recommended it?