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Inamo - Oriental Fusion

Inamo - Oriental Fusion


 

 

Inamo 

134-136

Wardour Street
Soho, London W1F 8ZR
020 7851 7051
www.inamo-restaurant.com

 

Inamo is as hot as some of its dishes and a great, modern, novelty concept.  I’ll explain. 

Ordering is based on a revolutionary notion, to rival the Clementi reforms, whereby each diner is able to select dishes from a computer screen built into the table.  In addition, the diner can choose options from an ambience menu (lighting, table design); decide where to go next by locating nearby bars; order a cab etc.  I have no doubt that this element of control will appeal to lawyers.  It’s a highly efficient form of service whilst being hugely entertaining in the process. 


I was concerned that the virtual ordering system would leave me cold.  Happily, this was not the case, as service was slick and reassuringly unrobotic and the atmosphere was lively and fun.  Waiters were smooth and confident and on hand to assist any luddites and also to explain menu choices when asked.  There is certainly no outsourcing to India here as our dishes were delivered in person.  Indeed, if further proof was needed that the cooking is for real, the chefs are a visible presence courtesy of a web cam so that diners could choose to enjoy the theatre of the kitchen, read, spy on the chefs.   


I confess that upon reading the menu, I feared that the dishes, offering ‘fusion’ food from the East would result in ‘confusion’ and that Messrs John Torode and Greg Wallace of Masterchef acclaim, were they my dining companions, would have had a field day in denouncing the muddled flavours of the Orient.  I’m happy to report that my fears were wholly unfounded and my fellow dining companion (the Blonde, lucky girl) and I, did not have to resort to hypothesising over the Judges’ possible put downs and, instead, we considered how they would have been licking their lips, whilst claiming to have discovered a ‘hot, new, exciting talent’.     


So, onto the food.  The menu was wide ranging and dishes were well executed, with strong, clean and bold flavours and presented with real flair.  Our chop sticks danced in our hands as we ate our way through a selection of ‘small dishes’ which included a tender tuna tartare to which we added a raw quail’s egg; silky scallops; regal king crab and a zesty and delightful lobster salad.  The stand out ‘large dishes’ included the bavette of wagu beef which was meltingly good and the ubiquitous black cod of Nobu fame which easily held its own against the gold standard.  We finished with a selection of faultlessly creamy ginger and black sesame ice cream and a rich vanilla crème brulee which the Blonde pronounced to be first class (and coming from a Parisian this is high praise indeed).  Prices are competitive for Soho, especially given the quality of the ingredients and the investment in technology so, assuming you’ve reached your billing targets, they should not leave you in a cold sweat.  


For the committed drinkers amongst you, the cocktail list was adventurous and tempting.  The Blonde became more blonde as she enjoyed a couple of lemongrass martinis or was it as a result of the change in ambiance lighting? 


The question is, would we go back?  The answer is a resounding yes and sooner rather than later.  The added bonus, were you to return with your senior partner, would be to make him feel like a technology god, thus ensuring a fast track to partnership.   

Lucy Prichard Jones
Associate, Spring Law
9 July 2010

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