Tombo is a Japanese Cafe & Matcha Bar in Southwest London, just a stone’s throw away from the Natural History Museum and the Victoria & Albert. I came across it by sheer accident one time I was looking for ‘a sushi place’ near me on the Foursquare app. It was rated high and it was close, so without another thought my friend and I headed its way.
We arrived to the address to find this tiny cafe. There always seems to be a queue for tables, which is a telling sign of how great the quality of the food on offer is.
The interior isn’t particularly inspiring, but this is more than made up for by the fantastic choice of authentic Japanese specialities, such as sushi, tapas, bento, poke, and above all, an amazing selection of matcha drinks and desserts.
The matcha latte is exquisite. Order it with almond milk for a lighter, frothier version.
Temari sushi set – the best all-rounder if you want just a few tasty bites. Salmon, prawn and edamame are all an absolute must when I’m having sushi, and what’s great about this meal is that the size and shape of the sushi pieces is perfect, unlike in other places where you either have to have a large piece in one bite, or risk it breaking into bits.
The desserts are sublime, which I hope can go at least some way towards justifying why I always order a minimum of two. The matcha brownie is really decadent, full of flavour and has a nice crumbly texture on the outside, and a smoother, softer core.
They also have matcha macaroons, but the one pictured below is the cherry blossom one, which is also very nice and slightly tangier.
The next time I go I will have to try Tombo’s sumptuous matcha ice-cream. As you can see, it’s a terrible temptation!
If you have been to Tombo and have tried some of their other specialities, let me know in the comments! I’m always looking out for new flavours to try, so if you think you know a place that does authentic Japanese food better, I’d definitely be interested in hearing about it as well 🙂