Winter gardens are definitely a must this year, and I could not have found a better place to snuggle up for dinner than inamo Camden’s igloos. So the prospect of trying out inamo Camden’s 4-course tasting menu made me count down the hours and the minutes before I got there…
A private garden with 3 splendid pop-up igloos covered with fairy lights, furnished with sheepskin rugs, and fitted with floral decorations, creates the perfect atmosphere for a magical evening. And not a red nose in sight – inamo has your back with heaters to keep you warm and cosy.
Upon our arrival, we were welcomed with a bottle of Italian white wine – dry and fruity with a nice citrus finish. To start was a selection of Asian tapas, including Bang Bang Cauliflower, crispy baked cauliflower bites drizzled with an addictive bang bang sauce, and a creamy sweet and spicy chilli sauce.
We also tried the Chicken and Vegetable Gyoza, which were soft and tender, and packed with flavour.
Trying the Scallop kataifi, may have been my first time trying kataifi that wasn’t the Greek kataifi dessert. The scallop was wrapped in kataifi with a succulent gold colour on the top, and the spicy dip, just left me speechless!
Once our appetizers were done we had an itch to see what cocktails were on offer. We decided on the Passionate Martini and the Tropical Tornado. As a self-proclaimed passion fruit aficionado, it’s usually my go-to cocktail, and with the stamp of, “an inamo favourite”, it was a no brainer. The Tropical Tornado was recommended to us by our waiter, comprising rum, guava, and you guessed it… passion fruit.
Up next, our sushi extravaganza. First, the Red Dragon Roll, a vegetarian option encompassing red pepper revolving around crunchy cucumber and indulgent avocado. We thoroughly enjoyed this, a great take on the tempura shrimp also on offer.
If I had to eat one sushi for the rest of my life, it is a high possibility I would pick what came out next, the Spicy Tuna Maki, so simple yet so delicious. Tender tuna, crunchy cucumber and velvety avocado, topped with a mouth-watering piquant mayo.
And finally a 16-piece sashimi platter to top it all off. The rainbow Sashimi Platter was undeniably an incredible dish, comprising fresh tuna, Scottish salmon, English mackerel and glamorous barramundi. The subtle flavours, the delicate texture, and the vivid colours of our platter presented such an inimitable gastronomic experience.
The penultimate course was by far our favourite, Sizzling Black Pepper Fillet of Beef. I love the theatrics of how it was served, sizzling in a cast iron dish. Salty with a subtle peppery heat, tremendously soft beef, with a rich aroma emerging from the colourful peppers and spring onions. Who could resist? All this accompanied by the beloved sticky rice.
With whatever space we had left after this enormous tasting menu, we were curious about dessert. A Tempura Banana Maki with a dash of melted chocolate, wrapped in coconut rice and showered in honey. What a nice dessert to end our first igloo experience!
If you are looking to ig-lose yourself with a marvellous 4-course tasting menu from the Far East, then inamo Camden is for you. I can guarantee you an astounding experience with a jam-packed meal, succulent sushi and enticing Asian tapas.
265 Hampstead Road, London, NW1 7QX