Monday, August 2, 2021

Dining without Toto

Former Toto’s site in Lennox Gardens Mews, Knightsbridge to become a “contemporary Japanese” restaurant named Dinings

 

In April 2014, just off Walton Street in Knightsbridge’s Lennox Gardens Mews, Toto’s prepared to reopen after a £3 million makeover at the behest of a new Indian owner. In spite of serving the most delicious Italian food, its slightly off-piste location proved difficult and it again closed in early 2016. Now, after remaining empty for some time, this former artist’s studio is set to become a “contemporary Japanese restaurant”.

 

First mentioned by the lifestyle app Urbanologie earlier this week, Dinings, the Japanese tapas and sushi restaurant that has taken the site, already has an outpost in Marylebone and describes its offering as “a new style of Izakaya; Japanese tapas which combines traditional Japanese with modern European cuisine”.

 

The restaurant is due to open on 16th May and will feature two dining bars and a ten cover sushi counter. Its interior has been designed by David d’Almada of Sagrada – a man whose previous commissions include The Arts Club on Dover Street and Sartoria on Savile Row – and, in spite of many recent closures in the area due to soaring rates and rents, we wish the new operators all the best in their venture.

 

Image depicts the restaurant and garden as it was in 2014.

 

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14 COMMENTS

    • Yolanda’s observations puts me in mid of Doctor Johnson remark to a very nervous lady seated next to him at dinner. The lady, not knowing how to converse with the great brain ventured, “Doctor Johnson, I do so love cabbage”. The Doctor inclined his great head saying, “Madam, all my life I have yearned to sit next to a lady who loved cabbage”.

  1. I am very much of the view that this building would be better used as a private home. The neighbour upstairs, a Scottish buffoon who wears a bow tie and sits in The Botanist downing Guinness like it is water, is a nightmare and once (I believe) even hosed the garden down. I, like you, wish the new owners all the luck in the world but sadly this is a location just too far from hedge fund manager’s offices to attract big spenders at lunchtime and as there are hardly any locals left living around the corner at night, they’ll struggle then too.

  2. I remember Totos when I used to work in London town!!!!!!!!!! It was like a comedy show!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope this place is as much fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ethel dear, there are some excellent Indian restaurants in Haslemere and Hindhead.
      Much more appropriate to you budget

  3. I did enjoy sitting in the garden there and I look forward to lazy summer days there once again. Thank you for sharing this good news.

  4. I wear bow ties regularly Mr Wayde.

    You do talk tommy-rot. I expect you are a parvenu who cannot tie one and wears clip-ons.

    Now that is suspicious!

  5. Incidentally, yesterday I heard in THE ENTERPRISE, that La Brasserie will soon be replaced by another restaurant. Not, thank goodness, a fashion shop or an estate agent.

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