Inamo

Restaurants, Asian Soho
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Inamo serves Asian fusion food in a very unusual setting. The ‘interactive ordering system’ consists of an illustrated menu projected onto the table surface, and also provides a platform for a range of digital activities. The food shows influences from numerous Asian cuisines, with western touches also in evidence. Dishes are intended for sharing, and are served when they’re ready.

 

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Venue name: Inamo
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Address: 134-136 Wardour St
London
W1F 8ZP
Opening hours: Meals served noon-3.30pm, 6pm-midnight Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road
Price: Meal for two with wine and service: around £70.
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MooseInLondon
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Tastemaker

Came here as part of the endless prosecco & food deal. The service was phenomenal. I loved the ordering system and it was fun to play games with my dining companions while we waited for the food to arrive. The waiter was attentive, ensuring we had enough prosecco and bringing a new bottle when needed. 


Food was of good quality and definitely worth the £20. The char sui buns and salmon sashimi were my favourites! 

Bee
tastemaker

One of my favourite eateries in central London when you are not sure where to go for a chat and a reliable chow down. Yes, the interactive projected visuals are a tad gimmicky, but they do create a pretty atmosphere to relax you straight off the crazy Oxford street and who doesn't want to play battleships while waiting for food! Speaking of the food, it's great, nothing spectacular, but super tasty! I love the shredded duck and tempura vegetables. Head downstairs for a giant cocktail afterwards!

Avi M

The Soho branch is truly awful. Their is a limited amount of choice on food and the staff are extremely rude. I ordered Shredded Duck and it came out as a whole duck, when I kindly asked the staff to shred the duck like the other branches did , they said 'sorry we don't do it we are too busy' , worst the manager said the exact same thing. Awful experience.



Annabel-Zoe
Tastemaker

The interactive dining experience at Inamo sounds so futuristic when you hear about it and combined with one of my favourite cuisines, Japanese, I was sure I was going to love the experience! However, it sadly fell short of my expectations. Yes, the Ordamo technology is unique, removing the need to speak to someone to take your order, allowing you to choose when you are interrupted by waiters and ultimately allowing you to grab the bill without having to flag someone down. However, I was expecting a little more than a glorified computer and projector setup, which could have been my unrealistic expectation of being able to use my hands to select things instead of a mouse pad. The food is very average compared to other Japanese places I have eaten, but I can recommend the spicy aubergine dish, which is divine! 

Luisa G
Tastemaker

Interactive tables are fun! Price is not fun, and quality isn't that great either. The only draw is the tables. 

Renee S
tastemaker

The biggest novelty of Inamo is their funky interactive tables where you order from their pan-asian menu. It’s definitely a fun and quirky place to have a first date and get the conversation going.


What we had: 

  • Soft Shell Crab Maki Rolls
  • Marinated Salmon Belly Nigiri
  • Beef Tataki: Rare British rib-eye steeped in ginger and ponzu sauce.
  • Sea Bream & Red Pepper Sauce
  • Passionate Martini cocktail
  • inamo Spark cocktail

The soft shell crab maki rolls were a little disappointing as they weren’t full of flavour and were quite minimal in ingredients. The salmon belly nigiri was very melt in your mouth - go easy on the soy sauce for this one, or better yet, leave it out altogether to get the full natural fatty flavour. The beef tataki was good, though I would have preferred a bit more salad on the side and dressing on it. The star of he show was definitely the sea bream - it was cooked perfectly and the sauce had a nice zesty zing. The cocktails are nice and boozy and overall this place had a good atmosphere, albeit a bit dark given the projections required for the interactive tables.



Tip: they also have a bar area so you can have a few pre drinks before dinner.


Good For: something different, date night, small groups.

Joanne  M
tastemaker

This place is a fun place to go to if you love playing games with your friends and eating. It is reasonably priced and the food is ok but its all about the atmosphere and having fun at the table with this place more than anything else.  I would recommend though for a party/group of friends. 

Aude
tastemaker

I’ve been last week to Inamo for a friend’s birthday. I really enjoy the interactive tables, but I have to admit this is taking ages to pick your food as you can only see one dish per one.


As we arrived for an early dinner, we picked the set menu being one soup, starter, main and dessert.


The starter I took was some prawns and calamari tempura but it wasn’t really good. The main was definitely catastrophic; I opted for marinated pork which was at my bad surprise extremely dry and the sauce hadn’t a good taste. My friend’s Singaporean noodles were too salty and the desserts were nothing exceptional.

The only good dish was a small plate of marinated fried chicken we took on the side.


The service was not that better than the food; twice, the waiter removed my plate and chopsticks without asking while I was still eating; impossible to get water, and when they finally gave water to the table they gave us only 3 glasses when we were 5, and never came back.


For the quality of the food and the service they are offering, I can’t justify the price! Of course the interactive tables are fancy but I prefer good food in my plate and will never go back!

LeeLee
tastemaker

Firstly, when I arrived, the hostess asked whether it was my first time dining here. To which I replied yes it was. She then proceeded to inform me quite curtly that the restaurant operated a 90 minute reservation policy and that she would need the table back after that.


After seating me, she simply left me in the lower room by myself. There was no explanation as to how the touch-screen menu on the table worked until my friend arrived and we had to ask her how to operate it.


My friend and I then proceeded to place our orders, getting a few tapas each so we could share and a drink each. As we ordered different drinks, we asked the waiter which was which when he arrived with them. To which he replied that they were both the same, when they clearly weren’t – although they did look the same. 


The food arrived pretty quickly and was decent in flavour and taste. Between the two of us, we ordered the following:

  1. Vegetable Tempura – Deep-fried vegetables coated in a Japanese style batter. This came served with a special tempura dipping sauce and included vegetables such as sweet potato, mushrooms, asparagus, and courgette. This is a pretty standard Japanese dish and it came out warm and crispy, which was lovely.
  2. Chicken Karaage – Another typical Japanese dish, although this version was more sweet and sticky than the traditional version. It was coated in a thick and sweet marinade, which was a little too salty but still tasted good. The skin of the chicken was extremely crunchy from the sweet marinade and from being fried!
  3. Dragon Roll – A set of maki rolls that come in 8 pieces and filled with shrimp tempura, and topped with avocado and mayo. This was pretty average in taste, nothing spectacular in my opinion.
  4. California Roll – Another typical Western interpretation of Japanese maki rolls. These were filled with soft shell crab and had some avocado and mayo too. Not a dish I would order again because it wasn’t that great.
  5. Char Sui Buns – I wanted to try this because it’s my favourite steamed bun to have at dim sum. They were served steaming and tasted pretty fresh until the buns cooled down and the exterior of the bun actually hardened considerably – to the point where I couldn’t eat it because it was that stiff. But when they were still warm, they were pretty ok – the BBQ meat on the inside didn’t have the correct balance between sweet and savoury.
  6. Yum Buns – This was probably my favourite dish that we ordered. The steamed buns were really warm and still steaming when they were served, which is great, and they had the softest and bounciest texture. The beef brisket was presented on a plate with a bowl of salad and the various dipping sauces. The meat was excellent and most pieces were pretty lean, which I liked. However the spicy/hot sauce was simply too salty – to the point where my friend and I couldn’t even have any. The hoisin sauce and sweet sauce were lovely though.
  7. Shrimp & Vegetable Dim Sum – This is a pretty standard combination of flavours found in dim sum dumplings so I thought it would taste nice but this was a bit of a disappointment. The skin on the dumplings was hard on the edges but soft in the middle, which made it taste and look like they were frozen and simply re-heated. It also lacked flavour, as I had to dip them into soy sauce and chili sauce to taste anything.

I definitely won’t be coming back again because the concept seemed a lot more interesting online than it is in reality. The restaurant is also quite cramped in the sense that I couldn’t even get out of my seat without having to ask 3 other clients to get up in order for me to get through. An overall disappointing experience to be honest, which is a shame. 

Babs - Working Girl London
Tastemaker

I finally managed to nab myself a Time Out voucher for unlimited tapas and champagne before they sold out! And now I understand just why those vouchers go so fast. The initial excitement of interactive tables which allow you to order your food and play games while you wait is enough alone to warrant this place a 5 star rating...but it's not just a gimmick restaurant with average food. The tapas was sooooo goooood. There are 30 dishes to choose from and we boldly stated we would try each one. After the first batch of food came out, we realised that wasn't going to happen. The tapas portions are a healthy size! We tried about 15 of the dishes and everything was delicious. The standout dish has to be the chicken wings - they were so good we ordered another round. The dumplings were also very good and the sushi was great! The only dish I wasn't crazy about was the satay chicken because the chicken was a bit dry but the satay sauce more than made up for it!


Our food was complimented by bottles, yes BOTTLES of champagne. Unlike most restaurants who come round and fill your glasses up, Inamo gave us our own bottle, and swiftly brought another one as soon as that one was empty. And then another one! By the end of our meal we were well and truly stuffed and very merry indeed. And all for about £30 each - madness! I am keeping my eye out for those vouchers to come up again so I can snap some up and try out the Covent Garden branch :)

Emma P

Love this place! Such delicious food & the technology is really good fun. Very friendly team who make you feel very welcome. Would highly recommend. 

Lucy H

The tastiest meal and such great value for money! We enjoyed 4 courses for £20 pre theatre and I would most definitely return, even if just to eat the banana and ice-cream pudding again! I loved the fact that the fact that the tables were interactive, great fun little gimmick! 

L-J
tastemaker

Just say No to Inamo.

We had the timeout voucher offer, which unfortunately ended up being very disappointing. We arrived and the staff were all completely stressed literally rushing around looking very hot a bothered. It was not a good or pleasant atmosphere to walk into, and certainly not what we wanted from our afternoon, which was meant to be a treat. We were asked to wait downstairs in the bar as our table was not ready without much of a welcome. Not that you could really call it a bar, it was a dark room with no one there to offer us a drink, and later staff were using it to sleep when I visited the bathroom. We declined and were told to come back in 10 minutes. 


I love technology and really liked the idea of interactive ordering from your table. However when we did eventually get to the table, the table was cracked around the touch pad, our menu was faulty and you had to keep coming out and back in to scroll. If they were unable to cope with the offer they had sold people, they should never have run the offer. You could pick from a set menu, on ordering it came to light they have all the dishes waiting as they appeared within a few seconds, the dumplings were hard from being kept warm and there was nothing fresh about the sushi rolls. All in all a really disappointing experience the food does not deliver, the whole place looks as though it needed a clean and a lick of paint, scuffed walls and all a little tired. There are much better Asian food places in Soho, and much better value for money. 

AME
Tastemaker

Unfortunately, this place sounds better than what it actually is. The whole novelty interactive way of ordering wears off pretty soon and then you are left with the food that is very average. Nothing stands out as being 'above and beyond' what any random restaurant could do food-wise, and when the final bill comes, it just doesn't seem worth it. If I were you, I wouldn't bother with this place, even if you end up spending more money somewhere else, it'll probably be much more worth it!

Lizzie W
Tastemaker

Interactive tables and Asian food? I was SO keen to try this place so decided to bring my friend last weekend. We booked and were therefore seated quickly and instantly shown how to order etc using the interactive tables.

The whole concept is pretty cool - a projector which projects a photo of the dish on to your "plate" on the table so you can see what you are going to get along with a description before you order. Flicking through the cocktail menu then the food menu in this way was pretty fun and ordering from it was easy enough. Also being able to play games while waiting was fun however you can't deny it is gimicky and would expect the service and quality of food to compensate as the food is pretty pricey.
The food was good however the portions were so small. 2 small sliders with a small bowl of fries was £17! And chicken satay skewers to start were nearly £10. 
I would come back here for the set menu which does make it good value for money however the experience my friend and I had was a hefty £80 bill for 2 small starters, 2 small mains and a few cocktails. Additionally they add service when half the work is done for them!

Livvi AT
Tastemaker

I love a gimmick, so when I heard that Inamo, on Wardour Street, had combined novelty and Japanese cuisine, I had to give it a try. But behind the bright lights and shininess of Inamo’s high tech dining experience, there isn’t anything there to really push those buttons (excuse the pun).

With interactive tables, where you can order your dishes and drinks from a touch screen system projected onto the surface in front of you, Inamo, if nothing else, is good fun. Not only can you change the background to reflect the setting of your dinner, but you can play games with other members of the table or even by yourself ( very helpful if you are left waiting for a date for half an hour, trust me). However I am simultaneously in awe and suspicious of technology, so naturally, after waiting an age for a glass of wine in a virtually empty restaurant, had to double check with the waiters if they had received my order from my table, which kind of defeated the whole slick, cool, modern thing they’re going for, my bad.

Onto the food! We had a quick pre theatre meal, and the speediness of the service made this pretty ideal. We had a bento box meal, which started with warming and tasty miso soup and crunchy edamame beans. The bento box itself was good, the salmon was melt-in-your mouth but the chicken and beef lacked real punch. All was tasty, but could have come from a plastic box from Itsu if you closed your eyes.

Whilst this place has real promise and offers an exciting experience unlike any other in London, Inamo relies on its novelty factor to carry through some rather mediocre food. Give it a try for a quirky night, but don’t expect to be blown away. 

Adrian H
Tastemaker

Inamo offers diners a unique hi-tech dining experience. The menu is accessed via an interactive menu on the table and each dish or projected onto your plate to give a good idea of what you will be receiving. 


The menu covers classic sushi and Japanese dishes, along with some Inamo self created fair. The food is top notch and I recommend that everyone tries the spicy aubergine side dish. The only downside is the service charge that is added, given you do all the ordering yourself!


Upon paying, you will also receive a 25% discount for the basement bar, where various cocktails are provided. Alternative you can save the discount for use on a pre-dinner drink on your next visit. 

A S

I love this place, you order electronically from the table. I think it is a fantastic idea that really works! Whilst you're waiting for the food you can play games with your guest. The entertainment never stops! The food is absolutely delicious, you do have to book in advance though as this place always gets booked up!

Tamsin V
Staff Comp

This place is pretty cool and there is no other concept like this in London. Their interactive menus projected onto the table mean you don't have to call the waiter over every time you need to order something - perfect for a business lunch or first date. Other fun aspects of this include the ability to change your tablecloth (fun!) and play games. 


The menu is of an Asian-Fusion bent - highlights were the Hot-Stone Ribeye which arrived sizzling cooked to your own taste, and the Black Cod marinated with Spicy Miso. 


I'd recommend popping downstairs to the basement bar before or after to try some of their exotic cocktails, too. 

HuSe

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.

TM

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.

london eater

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.

londoner

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.

Jay

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.

St&M

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.

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