Tombo: Japanese with a Difference

23rd January 2015

London seems to be saturated with sushi joints at the moment, but South Kensington’s Tombo is different. Not just a sushi stop-off, it’s an authentic Japanese café-cum-delicatessen with an interesting selection of teas and, unusually, Japanese desserts (think green tea tiramisu).

‘Tombo’ means dragonfly and is a symbol of positive force and renewal in Japan. In-keeping with this, the menu boasts both healthy and hearty options. Warm your cockles with a steaming bowl of chicken katsu curry or miso salmon noodle broth. If you’re there for lunch and fancy something a bit lighter you can create your very own Bento box from sashimi, teriyaki chicken and salmon (or tofu, if you really must). There’s also a carb-free option and both come with a delicious selection of side salads; we particularly enjoyed the Hikiji seaweed.

The tapas sharing box (a combination of the above) was an excellent option for two, but don’t be fooled by the teeny tiny picture on the menu – it’s so big they had to join two tables together in order to fit the platter on the table… Making the tables bigger to accommodate the food? Sounds like our kinda place.

And that’s why it’s nice. Being a café rather than a sleek sushi joint means it’s everyone’s kinda place and you wouldn’t feel weird popping in for lunch tout seul. A lovely little addition to Kensington.

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