My dinner at Inamo, Covent Garden last week was certainly one of the more contemporary restaurant experiences I have had recently. With projectors above each table, diners can play games on the table, watch the chefs live in the kitchen and order your food and drinks, all by moving a little mouse around the table. The vibe in Inamo is super funky and colourful – a real mood booster on a cold winter’s evening.
Coupled with modern Asian fusion dishes, this restaurant a proper treat for the senses. We kicked off with a delicious gin and elderflower cocktail, flavoured with sprigs of Rosemary, my favourite herb. A few sips of this nectar and my mind was diverted from work into relaxation mode, just what the doctor ordered.
We started dinner with a stunning Seared Tuna Sashimi – light and refreshing served over a shoestring daikon salad, alongside some chunky bites of Seared Salmon Maki with avocado, cucumber and cheese – a heroic combination, especially when washed down with a crisp dry white Sauvignon. Note – the wine list is short but sweet, you can tell someone has put a lot of effort into catering for everyone on the drinks front, which I always appreciate.
We shared some perfectly steamed Shrimp & Vegetable Dim Sum which came with a zingy mango and chilli dressing. My favourite sharing starter was the Seared Salmon Maki – Freshly sliced Scottish salmon lightly seared, with a melting middle of soft avocado, cucumber & cream cheese -beautiful! It was so exiting to have Asian tapas, it’s not a cuisine I usually choose, but I after such a fun time at Inamo, I think I just might convert. Roka next anyone?!
Our main courses were both fish, but not plain old boring fish in tepid watery sauces. They were so rich and punchy in flavour… where in the world would we be without Black Cod – the king of all fish dishes! Inamo’s was not disappointing either, the sweet rich miso coated a generous portion of cod, and was topped with some very pretty flowers – you crazy Asians. The Seabass was very unique – served sweet and spicy on a big bamboo leaf, with fresh steamed veg and watercress.
We were having so much fun feasting on great food and enjoying wine that when we looked up from our mains, we were all but one table remaining in the whole place. Kindly, the staff were keen to rustle up a pudding for us to satisfy our sweet tooth, and within minutes, out popped a trios of crème brulee’s and a golden panna cotta – absolute heaven!
We were all smiles and full bellies and happy to have uncovered yet another gem in London’s brilliant dining scene. I’d highly recommend Inamo for any chilled diner with friend s or family. Service is careful and quick and the food is a flavor sensation. Check out their full menu here. They now have two restaurants, one in Soho and one in Covent Garden – of course my preference is Covent Garden, having enjoyed my visit so much. I will be back, who’s coming with me?
The London Whistler x