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by Krista

Dinings menu

22 Harcourt Street

Date of Last Visit: Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Victims: Craig, Leann, Mikaela, Jen

The Damage: About £40 each

The Background: Craig is my London sushi buddy. It started many years ago, at Kurumaya in the city. A great little place that you should really visit. (Even the skeptics on London-Eating.co.uk like it.) (Get a booking for downstairs.) Last summer, Craig invited me along to check out Matsuri St. James. For some odd reason, I still haven't taken him to Pham. One of these days. Anyhow, Dinings was next on our list of London sushi joints.

 Dinings table

The Entrance: Dinings is small. Very small. Much smaller than I expected. We're shown downstairs to a small room that we end up sharing with that one other table in the photo. It's perfect, really. Although it's a bit hot. Just a bit.

The Service: Exceptional. I had run into our server the previous weekend at Taste of London–she was working the Dinings booth–but she had no recollection of me whatsoever. Before we figured this part out, I asked for a run-down of her favorites. Total enthusiasm for and great knowledge of the menu. She was so good, I asked her to do the whole thing again when the rest of our party arrived. Some might have found this annoying. But she obliged. And it was even better than the first time.

Dinings sushi

The Food: We followed all our server's recommendations and the food just kept coming.  We started with the seabass carpaccio with truffle salsa and ponzu sauce. Lovely. Clean. But my absolute favorites were grilled eel and foie gras maki with summer truffle and the pork belly. The pork belly! Really, the pork belly.

Dinings pork belly

The Verdict: I liked it here. A lot. Nice service. Really interesting menu. This is not a California rolls kind of place. Really great food. Not cheap though.

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Helen Yuet Ling Pang July 6, 2009 - 11:46 am

Looking forward to Dinings after so many recs and also from Taste of London recently. I like the sound and look of the pork belly very much…

Lizzie July 6, 2009 - 11:47 am

I tried the foie gras maki at Taste London and I found it really quite unpleasant – I think it was the texture of the rice with the flavour of the foie gras. Bleurgh!

Krista July 6, 2009 - 12:02 pm

Actually I didn't like it at Taste of London either…the version at Dinings was MUCH better! Fresher, more interesting. Less sticky.

A Girl Has to Eat July 6, 2009 - 10:19 pm

I totally agree with you! Foods good, but not cheap.

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