Let's Meet at - Dinings

Reviewed by Eva Keogan, consumer and creative director at Pleon UK.

Many years ago, a very good friend of mine gave me a birthday card addressed to 'Her Lunchness', and years on, I continue to live up to that moniker. Be it journalist, client or colleague, nothing, in my book, works better than lunch.

My latest flavour of the month is Dinings, a little-known sushi den near Pleon's Marylebone offices. It has recently been refurbished, which makes the experience novel and fresh.

The tiny door is much like the entrance to a dive bar, but no passwords needed here - and once inside, you'll be greeted by the friendly and enthusiastic team.

Dinings bucks the trend of shabby chic with its polished grey plaster walls and minimal bamboo furniture. The glass bar on the ground floor houses the catch of the day, from which the most exquisite sushi will be carved.

It's also great value for money (lunch for three is easily under £50), the bento boxes are generous and the range of fresh fish on offer is adventurous and not at all hackneyed. Plus there's none of the dreadful fuss, noise and delays you get with Nobu or Hakkasan.

Dinings is a great place to test the water with clients - will they go for the sashimi or the tempura? What they will appreciate is a taste of fresh food in a beautifully understated venue.

Where: 22 Harcourt Street, W1H 4HH
Contact: 020 7723 0666
How much: For three, not incl. drinks, £50

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