Interactive dining: Inamo

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This post is a little late but you can blame that on our Virgin wi-fi, which has been down for five days now! Anyway, I’m going to tell you all this week about an amazing restaurant in London – Inamo.

I hope this is what all dining will be like it the future because I have never had so much fun in a restaurant before. I’ve been to Inamo three times in the last month, which should give you a good idea of how much I like it.

So, what’s so great about Inamo and why is it so futuristic? The tables here are interactive! There is a big projector above each table (cleverly disguised as a light), which displays the ‘home screen’ menu, and there is a little groove on the table which you run your finger over to move a mouse. It’s effectively a table laptop!

So, what can you do on these tables? Well, obviously you can order your drinks and food and they are brought straight to your table. By clicking on the food or drink tab, you open the drop down menu and can scroll through all your choices; beer, wine and sake, cocktail, spirits, hot drinks or small dishes, large dishes, side dishes and dessert. For two people, two or three small dishes and one large dish will be filling but that drop-down menu will make it very easy to order more! Having been there three times now, I’ve noticed that some of the dish choices change, which shows that the food is fresh. Oh, and it’s obviously delicious as well.

Sophie’s recommendations for an Inamo meal for two:

Pu-erh tea

Popcorn shrimp, chicken satay, miso grilled seabass

Duck with pancakes

These tables aren’t just for ordering food, though. You can also play with the ‘ambience’ and pick your table background, whether you want geometric tiles, a beach or for it to randomly change every two minutes. There’s also ‘chef cam’, where you can spy on the chefs making your food, a ‘what next’ map, which is very handy for tourists who are sticking in the Soho area, tube and bus maps, and a ‘call your taxi’ button.

My personal Inamo highlight is the games on the table. There are three games you can play at your table in between dishes; snap, a puzzle game and battleship. This last one is, obviously, a two player game so you can still feel sociable at the table playing it. It’s really great fun, and you’ll spend ages playing trying to beat your partner. On another note, my sister is much better at playing battleship than me.

Inamo has actually been around for five years but I only just found out about it at HYPER JAPAN, where they happened to have a stand. It’s on Wardour Street, just off Shaftesbury Avenue, so it’s right in the heart of London. Whether you’re a massive Japanese foodie or just love the idea of being able to play video games at the table, I seriously recommend it.

10 out of 10, and then some.

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