I stumbled upon Tombo, a Japanese café and deli in South Kensington, last Saturday afternoon and am very pleased to report that it was a bit of a find. For late lunch, I had a Tombo Taster Box: Chicken Teriyaki, Miso Marinated Salmon, Prawn Avocado with Yuzu Mayo Maki Roll, Unagi (Grilled Eel) Sushi Sandwich, garnish and Miso Soup. I applaud the attempt to do something a little different with the ‘Sushi Sandwich’, and everything did feel very light and healthy, but also, I must say, a little bland and tasteless. It was passable, but no more. The serving wasn’t very big either, but that proved to be a blessing on this occasion, as it left me with plenty of room for dessert – and that turned out to be the real gem at this place.
I had a slice of the Green Tea Gateau Chocolat and a Sesame Macaroon, along with a Hot Matcha (green tea) Latte. All three were superb. The gateau had a delicate crust, a delightfully light, moist, and lovely-textured filling, with a strong green tea taste. It was great. The macaroon was very good too – crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, and imbued with a subtle sesame flavour. The latte was suitably creamy, with the essence of the green tea again shining through and leaving a pleasing hint of a bitter aftertaste.
In a nutshell…
Excellent sweet offerings. London needs more places serving up Asian-themed desserts such as this! (I had to temper the rating slightly on account of the less than impressive savoury stuff)
29 Thurloe Place, South Kensington, London, SW7 2HQ
Average Price: £10-£15