Contemporary style meets Japanese heritage in the restaurant interior of Dinings SW3, Knightsbridge London. Opening earlier this May, the restaurant comes from the team behind Dinings, the contemporary Japanese restaurant that originally opened in Marylebone in 2006 to rave reviews.
Dinings SW3 sits in the former Toto’s restaurant site, a beautiful location described as a hidden local gem. Located in a mews off Walton Street in Knightsbridge, it features its own private and discreet courtyard which has quickly become a destination in its own right.
As guests enter the restaurant they are greeted by the first of two dining bars, perfect for a working lunch or a pitstop before or after shopping. Making their way through the restaurant they will pass a semi-private dining space that overlooks the 20-cover courtyard before reaching the main dining room featuring the 10-cover sushi counter. Within the main dining room is a mezzanine level which can be booked for private diners for up to 24 people.
The light-filled space was originally built as an artist’s studio, so the restaurant interior benefits from large windows throughout and features a dramatic heritage-listed fireplace. The team have worked with David d’Almada’s Sagrada Studio on the interiors to create a more opulent atmosphere to that of the original Dinings but still sharing its commitment to creating the same spectacular food and service that it has achieved plaudits for.
A comfortable, open and relaxed dining space which has an effortless style, the restaurant interior still exudes a sense of glamour and fine dining. Within the Grade I listed building there are plenty of design details that nod to the Far-East heritage and inspiration, including the bonsai trees and geometric shapes seen throughout. Maximising the light and open design, the restaurant interior has been created with a calm palette of neutrals, allowing the large windows to take centre stage. The high ceiling’s statement lighting adds a great finishing touch without overpowering the eye.
Specialising in an evolved Izakaya-style of cooking, Dinings incorporate authentic Japanese and European cuisines to create delicious small plates in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. The restaurant has developed its own style of sushi and sashimi that changes with the seasons using the freshest seafood from Cornish day boats.
Celebrating the finest Japanese cooking traditions with a European Seafood Bar culture, Dinings SW3 have created their own Japanese take on ‘Plateu de Fruits de Mer’ with artfully presented sushi, sashimi and raw seafood for diners to share. Another new addition for Dinings SW3 will be a Josper Grill which will allow the restaurant to create robata-style dishes.
For the drinks list, Dinings have taken the same approach carefully sourcing independent suppliers such as ‘Konotomo’ the family-run independent brewery in Japan which produces two styles of Dinings’ own-label sake. The entire sake list changes to match the seasons; full bodied and crisp sakes in the autumn and winter and delicate and fruit varieties in the spring and summer. For their tea library, Dinings have worked alongside Lalani & Co and Takezoe-san to curate a special list of teas that can be paired with Dinings’ menu and served in specific glassware in order to appreciate their special nuances.