Inamo Restaurant – Covent Garden Eatery

Nestled in a quiet street less than a two minute walk from the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden station in London, is Inamo Restaurant, a pan-Asian styled eatery.

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Inamo Restaurant

Simple and colourful lighting provide style to the three story restaurant. Nicely spaced tables with lighting focused on each table makes for a cosy atmosphere. It almost seems like you are dining by yourselves.

Inamo Restaurant – Covent Garden Eatery

Subtle music provides a background that is neither chaotic nor noisy. My friend and I easily carried on a conversation while dining. We appreciated the environment as we had some catching up to do.

Unique Covent Garden Eatery

Inamo Restaurant – Covent Garden Eatery Tablet

What’s unique about this Covent Garden Eatery is that your dining experience is centred around a tablet that is sitting on your table.

You order your food and drinks on the tablet. You can use it to call your waiter, especially if you need help trying to figure out how to work the thing. While trying to decide what to order, magically, pictures of the menu items show up virtually on your plate. Every few seconds the pictures change to another item. It’s really cool and a good talking point while you’re deciding what to eat.

Inamo Restaurant Food Covent Garden Projection

You can also play games on your table, change your virtual tablecloth or colour on it. You can even check on how your meal is coming along with the “chef cam.”

Inamo Restaurant is different and a lot of fun. You can take the time to really enjoy the experience. As at no time did we feel rushed during the meal or pushed to leave.

The Food at Inamo

Japanese, Chinese, South Korean and Thai dishes appear on the extensive menu. Your choices range from sushi to curry to noodles and dishes for one to platters to share.

When the meals came, the first thing I noticed is that they looked exactly like they did in the pictures, from colour to presentation. And with pictures of them flashing everywhere, that seemed like quite a feat.

Inamo Restaurant Dragon Roll

For starters, I ordered the dragon roll, crunchy tempura shrimp, topped with creamy avocado and a touch of mayo.

Inamo Covent Garden Crispy Vegetable Tempura

The menu says ‘great to share’ but I ate the whole thing. It was very tasty and quite filling. It had a fusion of flavours that you might not necessarily think go together but it really worked. My friend had the crispy vegetable tempura, which was lightly battered. It had just the right amount of crisp to it and was not greasy.

Pork chop with Yakiniku sauce Inamo Restaurant London

For the main course, I had the pork chop with Yakiniku (grilled meat) sauce with rice and a Thai mango salad. Thin slices of English pork chop marinated overnight in a zingy nam jim and drizzled with a tangy yakiniku sauce delivered another unique combination of flavors.

Singapore noodles Inamo Restaurant

My friend chose the Singapore noodles, egg and vermicelli noodles infused with an oyster and ginger sauce with pork belly, prawn, chicken, crunchy peppers, bean sprouts and fried shallots. Enough for one but plenty to share.

Baked Alasparkler for dessert Inamo Restaurant

The sushi and sashimi and Asian tapas appetisers range in price from £5 to £12 ($6 to about $15) and the main courses, the Inamo classics and curries from £16 to £25 ($19 to $31), Inamo restaurant also offers a selection of soups and salads. Desserts range from £5 to £8 ($6 to $10). The U.S. dollar prices are an estimate as the conversion rate is constantly changing.

The Dining Experience

The dining experience was like having a candle lit dinner in the comforts of your own home. The attentive staff seemed to be there just when you needed them. After three hours my friend and I had finished our meal and were up to date with each other’s lives.

The only improvement that I could suggest would be that your meals came out at the same time. My appetiser came out a few minutes before my friend’s and likewise for the main course. A small point, but it would have been nice if they came out together so you could start to eat at the same time.

Order by Tablet at Inamo Restaurant

The one thing you have to remember is to press the order button on the tablet or you could be waiting for a long time for your meal. If you forget, you’ll have only yourself to blame.

Other Happenings at Inamo

Inamo is an experience, a unique experience and a fun night out. Because of the range of menu choices, I would definitely go back.

Check Inamo’s calendar to find a list of activities happening at Inamo Restaurant. Monthly activities include a music night, match dating night and an evening of magic. Inamo also offers sushi making for kids . The lower level, although a dining area, can also act as a function room.

With another location in Soho already available, expansion for Inamo is continuing. A third location in trendy Camden will be opening at the end of November, 2016.

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James Cowling
James Cowling

James Cowling is a freelance journalist. He was brought up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and has lived in London, UK, for 20 years. He worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation during the election that brought Nelson Mandela to power in 1994. James came to London shortly after that and has worked for the CBC, NBC and CNBC. He also worked for NBC Radio where he covered the Hong Kong Handover in 1997, the Death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997 and the Bosnian elections in 1998. James worked for press operations for the last two Olympic Winter Games covering figure skating and short track speed skating and at the last Olympic Games in London, he covered gymnastics. Since 2013, he has been freelancing for BBC World Service radio where he previously worked full time for seven years.

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