Inamo restaurant (Asian Fusion) – Soho, London
Restaurants are always on the lookout for innovative ways to attract customers. Although it’s been around for a few years it’s taken me a while to get to Inamo. What makes this place different from other restaurants? It’s the interactive table surface. Instead of having a hardcopy menu, there is a projector above your head which displays the entire menu onto your table. You have a built-in mousepad, also in the table, which helps navigate around the different options and then you send your order directly to the kitchen or bar. Fancy changing your ‘tablecloth’? You can do that too. I loved the games that are also available to play on the table although I think the least said about our table football competition the better – I was trounced :-/
We started off our visit with a couple of cocktails. I chose the Kodama, a refreshing and light blend of gin (naturally), rosemary and cucumber. My guest had the Sol Levante. Lychee, lemongrass and pomegranate muddled, strained and topped with Prosecco. There is a good wine list to choose from and we went for a New Zealand sauvignon blanc to accompany our meal.
Inamo offers up Asian fusion dishes from Japan, China, Thailand, Korea and more. You should note that dishes predominantly come out as and when they are ready. We began with a tuna tartar and soft shell crab maki rolls. The tuna was extremely fresh (as you would expect for a tartar) and served with a delicious truffle miso sauce. The soft shell crab sushi was accompanied by avocado and chives. It was fresh, light and not too filling.
A Thai green curry can be a bit hit and miss for me. I like mine spicy and often it comes out too mild with about as much kick as a deflated football. I was however pleasantly surprised. The claypot green curry was spicy, fragrant, brimming with vegetables and came with sticky rice. My partner-in-crime had opted for the Mediterranean sea bass in a sweet and sour sauce which was well-seasoned, sticky and not overpowered by the fish. Pan-fried, the fish skin was crispy whilst the fish itself was just translucent enough and moist.
We enjoyed our visit to Inamo and the interactive table surfaces were a real taking point. Fun to use they offered something different from the norm and would be great to treat my out-of-town guests to. There is a new branch opening shortly in Covent Garden which will cover 3 floors and offer even more in the advancement of dining technology. It is all topped off by great, fresh food and friendly, effiecient service. If that’s not enough to convince you to check it out then take it from that controversial stalwart of food critics Jay Raynor. Writing in The Guardian he said ‘From the interactive menu to delicious sushi, this is Asian fun at your fingertips.’