A few years ago I discovered Japanese food and since then I’ve been obsessed with it. I love visits to Yo! Sushi and Wagamama, but I’m always on the look out for a new place I’ve not visited before. When I was looking for somewhere new I came across Inamo, an oriental fusion restaurant based in Soho. I didn’t just want to visit for the food, but because I was intrigued with how it was described as an ‘interactive’ restaurant, where you’re in control of the dining experience. Chris and I have been talking about visiting for ages, and when we found an excuse to go into London we decided we had to come visit Inamo and see what all the fuss was about.
We were excited when we first arrived and saw everyone on their ‘interactive tables’ and couldn’t wait to get seated at ours. Once we were shown to our table our waiter explained how it all worked, and that we could order all our food and drinks on the table, meaning there’s no need to talk to the waiters! I was a bit sceptical at first as I wasn’t sure how this would work, and knowing me I would accidently order something wrong or not at all.
I was surprised at just how easy it was to order, you just selected through the menu, which then projects an image of the food onto your plate, as well as giving you description of the dish. I also really liked how there was a ‘goes with’ button, which would then suggest other dishes that went well with your selection – perfect if you’re not sure what you want to eat! Inamo suggest that you have one large dish and two small dishes per person, and their all made to be shared, which was great for Chris and I as we wanted to try a couple of new things. All the dishes come out of the kitchen as their ready, but I was surprised at how quickly our food came. I really liked how you could order everything from your table, especially when I wanted to order another drink I didn’t have to wait to track down a waiter as the case is in most restaurants.
Not only could we order all our food and drinks on the table, but there was also some cool extras like being able to change the pattern of the tablecloth. Me and Chris kept having a war over what tablecloth we wanted and we eventually settled for a setting that changed it every two minutes. There was also a ‘Chefcam’ so you could look inside the kitchen, but I think my favourite part was that you could play games with your partner, and Chris and I had a pretty intense game of battlleship!
I really enjoyed our visit to Inamo, not only was the food amazing, but the restaurant it’s self was so much fun with the interactive tables! We’ll certainly be coming back here, and I’m already looking forward to beating Chris at Battleship again.