THOROUGHLY MODERN MISS: Inamo, Camden

Inamo Camden is the fourth branch of the Inamo chain, which describes itself as a pioneering Asian fusion restaurant and bar group. Specifically what the group is pioneering emerges as we are led to our table (worth mentioning they were the best seats in the house with a view straight into the kitchen – request if you can): Inamo has found a point of difference from the many mid-value fusion restaurants in London with an interactive ordering system, developed by sister company Ordano.

Inamo Camden

After an introduction to the restaurant, we are left to play around on the table iPad, and play we did, with everything from the tablecloth to the chef cam (a decent alternative if you don’t land the top table), and most importantly, the menu.

Inamo Camden

Broken down into Sushi, Asian Tapas, Curries, Salads and Inamo Classics, there was a lot to take in, and the opportunity to preview our order and review before clicking send was appreciated.

The menu also included a cocktail list from which we sampled a Passion Fruit Martini and Kyuri Plum Sour, both easy drinking and a refreshing start to the meal. In warmer weather, the Camden branch will make a great destination for afternoon and early evening with its roof terrace, complete with bar, outdoor heaters and attractive view of the surrounding area.

Inamo Camden

Service was fast, arguably a little too so as our table (complete with water lily tablecloth) quickly became laden with the entirety of our dish selection. Once we had decided where to begin, the Yum Buns turned out to be a fun and full flavoured sharing dish, the beef a little tough but the pork and duck delicious with the hoisin sauces and herb salad. The Chicken Karaage, hot, crispy and expertly cooked was decadent and moreish, but the stand out was undoubtedly the Claypot Green Chicken Curry. A stalwart feature on the majority of fusion menus, Inamo’s version didn’t disappoint. Rich, creamy and with the perfect level of spice,  we were close to ordering a second portion – all the more tempting when it can be done in one click.

Inamo Camden

Finding room to squeeze in a dessert, we continued along the evening’s playful  theme with the Chocolate Popping Candy Dipping Sticks. Reflective of the overall Inamo experience, the dish was fun, tasty, perhaps too gimmicky for some discerning diners, but likely to leave you with a smile on your face.

If Camden is a trip too far for you, perhaps give the Covent Garden branch a try – they’re celebrating their first birthday, and until January 12 diners can receive an enticing 25% discount on food AND drink when quoting “anniversary”. Happy dining!

More information and book a table at Inamo Camden here.

Written by a Thoroughly Modern Miss, Lucy Freedman.

PREVIEW: Backyard Cinema, Camden

BACKYARD CINEMA

RETURNS TO CAMDEN LOCK THIS SUMMER

FOR ITS BIGGEST RUN OF EVENTS YET 

**20 IMMERSIVE SHOWS OVER 8 WEEKS ON THE ICONIC COBBLES OF CAMDEN LOCK**

VARIOUS DATES – 16TH JULY – 5TH SEPTEMBER

**NOT YOUR AVERAGE OUTDOOR MOVIES**

FEATURING:

Popcorn, blankets, artisan burgers, craft beer & pop BBQ,

cupcakes, deckchairs, short films, special surprises and live DJ’s  

SCREENINGS INCLUDE:

Gravity // Dallas Buyers Club // Silver Linings Playbook // The Lego Movie

  Cruel Intentions (15 year Anniversary) // From Dusk til Dawn

 Ghostbusters (30 years Anniversary) // Bridesmaids // SuperBad

The Matrix (15 year Anniversary) // Pulp Fiction (20 Year Anniversary)

The Goonies // Back to the Future // Blues Brothers – Sing & Dance-a-Long

Skyfall //Grease – Sing & Dance-a-long // This is Spinal Tap

The Amazing Spiderman 2 // Human Traffic

Ticket Options:

Standard – £15

 Movie & x2 Drinks – £20

Movies, x2 Drinks & Honest Burger – £29

FIND & FOLLOW:

http://www.backyardcinema.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/backyardcinemas?ref=br_tf

https://twitter.com/BackyardCinemas

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An Interactive, atmospheric, outdoor cinema to conquer all others. 20 shows, over 8 weeks on the iconic cobbles of Camden Lock Market. 200 giant beanbag loungers and deck chairs to relax in while you watch a blockbuster film selection on huge 14ft screen with booming speakers.

Not just the films: With Brewdog as the official drink sponsors you know its set to be a party. 1950’s Usherettes serving ‘beer for punks’ right to your seat as well as frozen cocktails, summer special spirits, ice cold wine and soft drinks. Interaction encouraged with live twitter competitions, sing and dance-a-longs & Live DJ’s to get the evening going.

Peckish?: Honest Burgers as official food partners have created a dedicated Backyard Burger cooked and served with their world class chips from the huge popup BBQ within the cinema (veggie options available).

Extras: With popcorn, blankets, cupcakes, short films, special surprises and live DJ’s before the feature this is not your average outdoor cinema, this is Backyard Cinema. More than just the movies.

Dominic Davies, Founder and Creator says: “This year we wanted to go even bigger – more beanbags, bigger screen, more films and louder speakers. Brewdog and Honest Burgers are on side to finish the job and this year we really want crowd interaction. This is Backyard Cinema not the opera, lots of drinks, lots of food, a great movie in an iconic setting. One of the joys of going to the movies was that it was trashy and we should never lose that. This is the ultimate pop-up Cinema.”

FILM SCREENINGS & DATES – Bar & Food from 7pm – Movie 9pm

15th July – PRESS NIGHT – Film screening tbc

16th July – Gravity

17th July – Dallas Buyers Club

23rd July – Silver Linings Playbook

24th july – The Lego Movie

30th July – Cruel Intentions (15 year Anniversary)  

31st July – From Dusk til Dawn

6th August – Ghostbusters (30 years Anniversary)

7th August – Bridesmaids

13th August – SuperBad

14th August – The Matrix (15 year Anniversary)

15th August – Pulp Fiction (20 Year Anniversary)

20th August – The Goonies

21st August – Back to the Future

22nd August – Blues Brothers – Sing & Dance-a-Long

27th August – Skyfall

29th August – Grease – Sing & Dance-a-long

3rd September – This is Spinal Tap

4th September – The Amazing Spiderman 2

5th September – Human Traffic

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MORE INFORMATION AND BOOK TICKETS HERE: www.backyardcinema.co.uk

 

Fuerzabruta, Roundhouse

My Facebook feed has been clogged up with flabbergasted Fuerzabruta participants, accompanied by blurry photos of the mad and chaotic acts.

The first show to play at the re-opened Roundhouse in 2006, it continues to thrill at this great London venue on its third run.

This contemporary theatre and circus show originated in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2005, created by Diqui James. Since it began, it has been witnessed by over 3 million people in 25 different countries.

Fuerzabruta translates as ‘brute force’ and this theme is evident throughout in both the action and the music. The Fuerzabruta signature soundtrack provides an energetic and clubby backbone for the production, rhythmically it motivates both the performers and audience.

Visually I found the show intermittently spectacular, and there is no doubt about the creative team’s talent. The ‘running man’ runs relentlessly on a treadmill enduring gunshots, walls of cardboard boxes, and other potentially dangerous interference. Iridescent foil covers the walls as floating dancers chase each other in the air. Then there are the impressive suspended swimming pools that hover just above ones head: we were invited to place our palms on the surface as girls splash about in the tanks. It is bizarre and unexpected, and certainly feels thrillingly precarious although it does leave you with a painful cricked neck.

There is no shortage of theatrics: smoke machines, water sprays and falling confetti are utilised constantly. After the initial euphoria and excitement, I did feel some of the acts were verging on ridiculous. With no apparent storyline, it is difficult to find reason in the performance.

Parts of the show are undeniably memorable, but I left wondering what it was all about…

Fuerzabruta continues until Sunday 2 March, book here.