A while ago I visited Tombo in South Kensington (and you can read my review here). I’ve been eagerly awaiting for their second branch in Soho to open.
It’s a Poké and Matcha Bar – they’ve combined two of my favourite things so stepping into their cafe last week was like stepping into a little piece of paradise.
To get you up to speed, poké is a raw fish salad from Hawaii and it’s being described like sushi in a bowl. The bar serves a range of poké made from salmon, tuna, prawn, chicken, avocado, and edamame, served over black and white rice or courgette noodles. You can order straight from the menu or customise it.
I opted for their Salmon Avo Lux bowl with rice, and Scott went for Chicken Teriyaki with Courgette Noodles – both delicious! It’s the perfect place to grab a healthy lunch.
If you want to add a hint of naughtiness they also offer matcha brownies, matcha soft serve, and other matcha themed desserts.
Tombo, 28 D’Arblay St, London W1F 8EW
This week I celebrated my Taylor Swift birthday, and Scott treated me to such a lovely day out in London – we pretty much spent the whole day eating, exploring and drinking.
I’m incredibility lucky to get a bonus ‘holi-birthday’ from work (one of the many perks of working at Goodman Masson
). We started my day at my family home and my mum had made my favourite brunch, avocado toast – and of course cake. After all, calories don’t count of your birthday right?
Scott and I headed into London and hit the Leicester Square box office, scoring ourselves tickets for a matinee performance of Kinky Boots
It’s one of my all time favourite movies and the performance did not disappoint. It’s all about accepting people for who they are and not making judgement about people before you get to know them – A message that everyone needs to encompass.
After the show Scott and I went to Roka
in Aldywch. If you’re anything like me and adore Japanese food then you absolutely must go. Everything is perfectly executed, including the rustic yet contemporary interior – it’s definitely a special occasion sort of place.
We went for one of their tasting menus, which is comprised of small plates and is perfect for sharing. I love this concept as it means you can have a bit of everything and you don’t need to be as decisive.
Each plate came on at a time, meaning we could really appreciate them. The sashimi was incredible and it was served on a bed of ice – it melted in your mouth and was sliced so finely.
Now, I’m a HUGE fan of dumplings and we were served the black cod, crab and crayfish dumplings which were delicious.
The main course options are in no way budget items. Scott and I choice the pork lion and the black cod marinated in miso. Both were delightful in their own ways – though the fish was incredibility hard to eat with chopsticks.
It’s not often that I have dessert, I’m much more of a savoury/starter type-of-girl. I can’t remember what I ordered but it came with green-tea meringue and a sesame seed ice-cream.
I honestly can’t remember Roka Alydwch enough – if you’re wanting to treat that speical someone, take them here.
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