Tombo Japanese Cafe

Japanese cafe in London

Tombo is a lovely Japanese cafe in London with branches in Fitzrovia, Soho and Kensington serving up very tasty poké, donburi and some delicious sweet treats too.

The Mood

The first thing that struck me when I entered was just how beautiful this place is! The decor is modern and fresh with a Japanese twist. There is a beautiful decorated tree in the centre of the restaurant and a lovely little shrine above one of the tables. It has a clean modern feel and there is seating for approximately 40. The staff at Tombo were super friendly and helpful too.
japanese cafe in London
   japanese cafe in London

The Food

As a poké bar they serve up delicious variations of poké bowls but also donburi bowls too. We tried the Tofu Poké Bowl with extra avocado and crispy shallots and the sesame soy dressing. It was delicious! We love a poké bowl and this ranks high amongst the ones I have tried. The rice was cooked perfectly, the tofu was flavoursome and plentiful and the dressing was so tasty – it looked beautiful too.
We also tried the Teriyaki Chicken Don: baked chicken thigh in teriyaki sauce, mizuna salad and sesame seeds on a bed of rice. This was really something special, the rice was fluffy and tasty and the chicken had a great sticky teriyaki sauce.
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We also had some sides of the Edamame and Prawn Dumplings which were both really tasty.
japanese cafe in London

The Desserts

As soon as we walked in we spotted the delicious looking deserts so obviously we had to try some. We had the Vegan Matcha Cheesecake and the Matcha Gateau Chocolat. They were amazing! The vegan cheesecake was the best I have ever had, made with silken tofu it was soft and delicate and had a wonderful matcha and citrus flavouring. The gateau lasted about 2 seconds, it was the perfect balance of chocolate and matcha.
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The Drinks

Matcha is in the name so we had to have some tasty teas! We tried the Sakura (Cherry Blossom Kukicha) which had a lovely delicate flavour. We also tried the Jasmine  which again was delicate and floral. You can also have many variations of matcha with coffee or milk shakes – the list is endless.


Tombo Japanese cafe in London is a lovely looking restaurant with friendly staff and delicious food and drinks. It is very reasonable in price and I’ll be going back for sure!
East London Girl: Tombo

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