The team behind Dinings has announced it will open a second London restaurant in Knightsbridge, in May.
Dinings SW3 will join the original Dinings contemporary Japanese restaurant, which opened in Marylebone in 2006. The group specialises in Izakaya-style cooking, incorporating Japanese and European cuisine, small plates, and sushi and sashimi that changes seasonally using fresh seafood from Cornish day boats.
The new restaurant will take over the former Toto's restaurant site in a news off Walton Street. It will feature two dining bars, a semi-private dining space that overlooks a 20-cover courtyard, and a main dining room featuring a 10-cover sushi counter. The main dining room will incorporate a mezzanine level which can be booked for private dinners for up to 24 people.
The venue was originally built as an artist's studio. The team has worked with Sagrada Studio on the interiors "to sensitively create a more opulent atmosphere" than that of the original Dinings.
A new addition for Dinings SW3 will be a Josper grill, which will allow the restaurant to create robata-style dishes such as creel-caught Scottish native lobster with yuzu kimizu sauce, Dover sole with butter soy and wasabi salsa, sweet soy-marinated Chilean seabass with sansho pepper, and cabbage steak sakamushi-style with fresh truffle.
The drinks list will offer two styles of Dinings' own-label sake Konotomo, from a family-run independent brewery in Japan, and the entire sake list will change seasonally. Dinings has worked alongside Lalani & Co and Takezoe-san to curate a special list of teas that can be paired with the menu.
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