Japanese cuisine can do no wrong in my world – and a recent visit to Tombo in South Kensington was a lovely reminder. The USP at this neat and modern cafe/restaurant is “clean eating”, and whether you choose a bento box, rice bowl, sushi or tapas-style starters, you’re guaranteed to leave feeling inspired to re-think the way you always eat – the menu even goes so far as to school you on the health benefits of seaweed, miso, tofu, rice, sesame seeds and matcha/green tea (billed as “Tombo’s Healthy 6”).
A Wednesday evening found us tucking into a hearty offering of miso soup (£3.20), gyoza dumplings (£3.85) and a delicious teriyaki chicken bento box which came with three side salads, multigrain rice and pickles (£10.95). A major plus point here is that you definitely get your money’s worth – after eventually finishing my bento box I was so full, I realised I could’ve given those gyoza dumplings a miss, as gorgeous as they were.
But I did have a little room for dessert (of course…!) and a matcha gateau was surprisingly the evening’s pièce de résistance ; it was delicately sweet and had that moreish, creamy texture of American cheesecake. Not surprisingly, it’s a feature of their Afternoon Tea (which has given me another reason to return).
So the next time you’re in the area to visit the V&A or the Science Museum, a drop-in to Tombo for lunch or dinner would be a very good idea, especially if you’re a fan of Japanese food done well. For more details visit www.tombodeliandcafe.com and check out more pics from our recent visit below!