What: The latest venue from the Pan-Asian, interactive dining experience, Inamo.
New? The third Inamo restaurant opened in Camden on 1st December following on from the success of its sister sites in Covent Garden and Soho.
On the Menu: Inamo has adopted a tapas-style approach with a selection of dishes that are brought out when ready. The Pan-Asian menu takes inspiration from across Japan, China, Thailand and Korea with dishes like sushi, sashimi, char sui buns, beef tataki and black cod.
First Impressions: Inamo has a large seated outdoor area which will be great come summer time but for now the best table is downstairs by the kitchen. It’s relatively small downstairs as the main dining area is upstairs, conjoined with a terraced area that boasts an outdoor bar. The staff were highly attentive although most of the ordering is done via the interactive technology on your table where you can also play a selection of addictive games whilst your dishes are prepared and even compete against others on your table – game on.
The Look: It’s relatively dark inside (without being dim) to prevent the images from above projectors being washed out. Each of the white tables have different, brightly coloured projections on them creating a sense of fun; you can even change your electronic tablecloth or draw your own.
What We Ate: The squid and spring onion dim sum was particularly good while the California roll was rather disappointing. The surprising stand out dish was the pyramid of crispy tofu which were delectable bite-size portions of tofu in a light shichimi-spiced batter served with a soy mirin dipping sauce, each mouthful was a joy. The BBQ vegetable noodles with fresh vegetables, tossed in a Korean BBQ glaze needed to be sloppier for a more enjoyable experience as they came across quite dry.
What We Drank: Inamo has a great selection of wine and cocktails which we took great pleasure in working through before finishing the meal by the bar in the heated terrace. There was no way I was leaving without trying the white chocolate martini made with Simply Cariel vanilla vodka and Mozart white chocolate liqueur…
Go With: The interactive element of Inamo makes it a great first date location, allowing a welcome distraction from any first date jitters. The indecisive will appreciate the selection of small plates and reasonable prices meaning if there’s something you don’t like, there’s plenty more on the menu to choose from.
Final Word: The sushi and sashimi isn’t as good as you might find in a more traditional Japanese restaurant but the interactive novelty and cocktails of Inamo make it a refreshingly fun dining experience. It’s definitely the kind of place you should tick off your ‘must eat’ list given its unique and innovative approach to dining.
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