Tombo has finally opened a branch in Soho!
Tombo Poké and Matcha Bar is the smaller sister sister cafe to the Tombo Cafe in South Kensington. As the name suggests, it serves up a variety of poké bowls and matcha goodies.
Poké is like a deconstructed sushi in a bowl. It’s a Hawaiian raw fish salad which is similar to a fish tartare. Tombo has taken this poké bowl and added their own Japanese flavour to it.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to try out their poké bowls when we visited during their opening week. We only managed to try out their matcha desserts. If you follow us on twitter you’ll know that this was still good compared to the closed door we met on the first day of their soft launch week – they did later tweet us back to apologise for the shorter trading hours in their first week though.
So here’s what we managed to try:
Matcha soft serve (£3.50) – you can choose to have your soft serve in a cup or a cone. We chose the cone and did not regret it! The ice-cream was super creamy and the matcha taste was also super strong. There’s a dusting of the matcha powder on top, adding to the intensity of the matcha flavour. The waffle cone was also delicious – crispy and sweet, a brilliant match to the bitter matcha ice-cream. The weight of our soft serve in the cone was pretty heavy, so we could tell we’d been given quite a generous serving. Definitely worth the price we paid.
Matcha Monaka (£3.90) – a little ice-cream wafer filled with Tombo’s signature matcha ice-cream and a variety of different toppings: sweet red bean paste, matcha brownie and preserved lemon zest. Each of the different elements tasted really good individually, but when eaten all together, it was even better. The sweetness of the red bean paste balanced well with the bitter matcha ice-cream, the crispy wafer and squidgy matcha brownie gave the dessert different levels of texture and the preserved lemon zest added an extra zing. Overall, this was a very clever and well thought-out dessert. The only let-down was that it was way too small for the price we were paying.
The matcha brownie tasted like heaven (think the best ever chocolate brownie you’ve ever had, plus matcha) and you can buy it separately, but it will set you back £3.40)
Overall, despite our short time at Tombo Pokè and Matcha bar, we really enjoyed what we had. For the two desserts we tried alone, we’re giving them 3.5 yums. This certainly won’t be our last visit here and we definitely need to give their pokè bowls a try – maybe then we’ll be able to give Tombo Poké and Matcha Bar a higher score. If you’ve already tried out their pokè bowls, then let us know in the comment box below what you thought of them!
Address: 28 D’Ablay Street, W1F 8EW
Opening Times: Mon – Wed 11:30-8pm | Thurs – Sat 11:30-8:30 | Sun Closed