Virtual Menu’s at Inamo
Mimi ON Mar 30, 2011 AT 2:45 pm
by John Gregory-Smith
Inamo, which features virtual menus navigated via tabletop projections, has opened its second site on Lower Regent Street. Walking into the restaurant was like walking into a futuristic Japanese forest with bamboo partitions, virtual projections on all the tables and a vertical Japanese garden with a water feature.
Each table was an E-Table™, which is the world’s first interactive ordering system using overhead projection technology and touch panels that were embedded in the tables. The small touch panel enabled us to navigate the menu, which was projected onto the table. Individual dishes could be projected onto an empty plate to give you an idea of what you are ordering and you could also change the table background, order drinks and have a quick peek at a tube map.
The food at Inamo St. James was mainly Japanese, with a few Pan-Asian dishes sneaking in. I really enjoyed the Soft shell crab maki with avocado and chives, which was served with a lovely spicy chilli Mayo (£6.75) and the sticky sweet black cod that was marinated in a spicy miso sauce (£14.95). My favourite dish was the fish buri bop, which was a rice dish, served on a hot plate, with salmon and a raw egg. The fish and egg were mixed into the hot rice and doused in a soy, garlic and ginger sauce, which gave the perfect umami hit (£14).
Inamo St. James
4-12 Lower Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4PE
+44 (0) 20 7484 0500