I like the concept of this place however in reality, it's pretty shocking. The place is incredibly dark and you can't really see what you're eating. The interactive tables are gimmicky but once again, I understand the whole idea of it and it's very unusual. The novelty does wear off very quickly.
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Time Out says
Posted: Tue Nov 30 1999
For the most unsociable of diners, Inamo is the ultimate experience whipped straight out of cyberspace. Interaction between diner and waiting staff is virtually eliminated by way of individualised computer screens set into the tables and projected by giant, silkworm-like monstrosities looming above diners’ heads; staff cruise about, stopping only to plonk down the desired dishes, quickly retreating into the shadows.
Not a word was uttered at our table as my usually babble-mouthed companions became engrossed in a computer game of ‘Battleships’, while others vicariously spied upon the kitchen staff via the ‘chef cam’.
We hoped the hi-tech hijinks wouldn’t detract from the food – and chef Anthony Sousa Tam’s interesting menu of pan-Asian dishes manages to keep things inspiring while not being too ‘out there’. Marbled beef in a truffle oil vinaigrette consisted of meltingly tender slices, but were drowning in a pool of grease (we had to lift the meat and let the excess drain away, slowly).
Better was chicken wrapped in shiso leaves, a delightful interpretation of Vietnamese bo la lot (grilled beef in ‘betel leaves’), served with plenty of mint, coriander and lettuce and a side of chilli sauce.
Mains, however, suffered from inflated prices and miniature portions. The hot stone rib eye was laughable – a munchkin-sized sponge of beef atop a soap-sized ‘hot’ plate that didn’t actually manage to ‘cook the beef to [our] liking’ – fortunately, we do like our steak still mooing, and the kitchen has since admitted to the stone not working as well as they’d hoped. Marinated quail (singular) was finger-licking good, though poorly matched with plum wine-poached nashi pear that managed to emulate the sickly taste of cotton candy.
An evening that had started on a high note with amusement and accomplished starters ended up leaving us unsated and unsatisfied, pining for some more substantial grub in a nearby Soho greasy spoon.
In December 2010 Inamo opened a second branch at the former site of St Alban restaurant, ie 4-12 Lower Regent Street, St James, SW1Y 4PE (7104 2040).
2 courses £15
from the Set Menu .
Offer valid until Oct 29 2014
3 courses with a glass of house wine £20
from the Set Menu.
Offer valid until Oct 29 2014
Inamo 134-136 Wardour St
- Venue phone:
020 7851 7051
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- Opening hours:
Meals served noon-3.30pm, 6pm-midnight Mon-Sat
Tube: Tottenham Court Road tube
Meal for two with wine and service: around £70.
- 134-136 Wardour St
- 020 7851 7051
- 134-136 Wardour St
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Went on a date to Inamo on a Thursday night, thought the staff was lovely and attentive, food was served promptly and tasted delicious - satay chicken and the aubergine was amazing! Also had a couple of sushi dishes which were good. The menu was a bit fiddly to start with but once we got the hang of it there were no issues. I'd definitely recommend others to go.
I went here in 2012 and while the food was pretty tasty, it was also pretty pricy. However, the main problem was the restaurant is sooooooo cold! We asked if the aircon could be turned up but apparently they need it so low to ensure the projectors don't overheat. Would NOT recommend going if you (like me) tend to feel the cold or like eating in a cosy restaurant.
The e-menu is fiddly. The tables are packed so close together you can share your food with other diners, not that you would because the portions are rather small. The flavors and presentation are good. Our meal for 2 was around £70 at lunch time, excluding drinks, and we weren't even stuffed. By the way, our combined weight is 18.5 stone so we're not exactly pigs.
This restaurant was a horrible experience. A tech gimmic was an excuse for no customer service. Its like ordering takeout but paying for a nice restaurant. You might as well go back and do the dishes. You will end up doing everything else.
Pretentious, presumptuous, plain: waste of money We were utterly disappointed by this restaurant. The small dishes we ordered were just about average; though the sushi was nice. The larger dishes we chose (salmon and duck) had no taste whatsoever. Especially the fish was poor considering the quality and quantity. The majority of staff was condescending, almost arrogant. One girl was constantly smacking on chewing gum while dealing with the costumers! Luckily, not everyone showed such impolite and unprofessional behaviour. The interior is very nice and interesting. In fact, the computer screen tables were the only enjoyable thing about our visit at Inamo. You would expected much better food considering the price, attitudes, atmosphere, and presentation of the dishes.