A few weeks ago I met up with my lovely friend Bola who, as crazy as it sounds, I hadn’t seen in over a year. It was a great girly catch up discussing everything from our careers to relationships, friendships to losing weight and looking good. As fate would have it the restaurant she picked was actually on my list of places to visit – Inamo, an interactive Asian fusion restaurant in Covent Garden. I initially came across this restaurant on the Timeout website when they had a special offer deal on during the summer. They actually have 3 locations across London; Covent Garden, Soho and Camden (which recently opened Dec 1st 2016).
I’d never been to an interactive restaurant before so I was curious to see if I would enjoy it or if it would even elevate my dining experience. The verdict? I enjoyed the convenience of ordering whenever I wanted without having to wait for someone to pop over, but I did find that there was very little interaction with the waiting staff, something that is actually important to me in regards to service.
That being said, the food arrived promptly, the staff appeared friendly and any questions we did have were answered.
We were actually running late (Bola’s fault) but they were nice enough to accommodate us anyway and they did appear to be quite busy. The front of house lady showed us to our table and give us a quick demonstration of how to use the iPad to review the menu, place our order, request our bill or even play games! I really appreciated the visual imagery of the dishes (as they say we do eat with our eyes as well as our stomachs) particularly for those dishes I’d never tried or seen before. This did mean that we took a little extra time mulling over the menu and constantly changing our minds, but in the end we opted to try lots of little dishes instead of a main meal.
I decided to stick to non-alcoholic cocktails that weekend (it’s not every day alcoholic), but unfortunately I forgot to take note of the names and they don’t have the drinks menu on the website. The two that I did try were refreshing and a good mix of flavours so that it didn’t taste like an ordinary soft drink.
For my “main” meal I ordered the Korean Chicken Wings, Ebi (prawn) Tempura and Seared Yazu Scallops. Bola decided on the Chicken Karaage and some Salt & Chilli Squid. Everything tasted fresh and full of flavour, the portions were reasonable and they were all presented beautifully.
As I wanted to make the most of the experience I had a dessert this time – something I rarely do. I chose the Baked Alasparkla – a baked Alaska in a strawberry and lemon grass soup. It came with a sparkler so I told everyone on my Snapchat it was my birthday but I lied. Ha ha.
I really appreciated the design of the restaurant, it had a modern futuristic feel to in with blue dim lighting and Asian inspired décor. I imagined that restaurants in Tokyo would have a similar look and ambiance. One thing I would say is that the lighting did give me a little trouble with my glasses on but thankfully I’m only short sighted so I didn’t need them hehehe.
We reveled in the food at Inamo, it was fresh, flavoursome and enough to leave us feeling stuffed – as nice as the place looked and as “cool” as the interactive aspect is I honestly don’t think I cared for it, but the food was so good that I would recommend it and I will be returning.
11-14 Hanover Place, London WC2E 9JP