Japanese food is definitely one of my favourite cuisines, so when Serena presented me with the opportunity presented to visit Tombo, I jumped at the chance.
It’s situated in South Kensington and tucked away from the hustle and bustle from the tube station. It labels itself as ‘London’s first authentic Japanese cafe and delicatessen’ and offers a Japanese twist on traditional European delicatessen dishes (and the majority have the addition of Matcha). Tombo is incredibility sleek and welcoming, and you can choose to either sit by the large front window and watch the world go by, or dine in the more relaxed restaurant at the rear of the cafe.
They pride themselves on creating healthy dishes using top quality ingredients. They do this through their healthy six which comprises of seaweed, miso, tofu, multigrain rice, seasame seeds and matcha. It’s perfect for someone who doesn’t want to feel guilty for over-indulging in this food paradise.
You can’t really go wrong with what you order. Serena ordered a eclectic mix of salmon avocado maki, prawn tempura temaki, and a hijiki seaweed salad, whereas I went for the salmon sashimi don. My dish was served in a bowl and at the bottom was a combined of rice and mixed black rice, and then it was topped with salmon sashimi, salmon tartare, salmon roe and avocado. We washed our dishes down with a iced matcha latte.
Now you can’t go to Tombo and not get desert – their menu is an incredible, and it’s the sort of the menu which makes it hard to decide what to have. We ended up going to the Matcha soft-serve and the flavours were perfect with an earthy-sweetness. If you ever visit Tombo, make sure you leave room for pudding because it’s definitely a highlight.
I was overjoyed when I discovered a second Tombo is opening in Soho this summer as I no longer have to trek to the other side of London to get my matcha fix.
Tombo, 29 Thurloe Pl, London SW7 2HQ, nearest tube South Kensington