Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Tombo review - Kensington Japanese cafe


Address: 29 Thurloe Place,
London SW7 2HQ
Tel: 020 7589 0018
Nearest Tube station: South Kensington

Ratings (out of 5 *)
Price: below £10 pp
Service charge: N/A
Taste: **
Service: ****
Ambience: **
Suitable for: a pit stop after the museums
After a visit to the V&A museum for the Grace Kelly exhibition, I was feeling peckish. Too late for lunch but too early for dinner? Where could I go for tea? As I wandered aimlessly in the area, I spotted a Japanese cafe called Tombo and decided to give it a try.

Tombo is bright and airy with an electic mix of furniture which somehow add to the place's charm and provides an extremely welcoming environment for lounging around. The service staff were Japanese and very welcoming. I was there in the late afternoon on a weekend and perhaps due to the timing, the cafe seemed to have run out of most of the dishes on the menu. They very kindly offered to make a teriyaki chick donburi if I could wait for 10 minutes but I decided to go for something lighter instead. I ordered a hot matcha latte and a tempura handroll.

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The matcha latte was delicious creamy with the slight bitter aftertaste of the matcha. The handroll was coloured an attractive purple and provided just the crunch to go with my latte.

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I spied some dorayaki by the window and was immediately taken with it. I ordered one with green tea and marscarpone. Instead of handing over the dorayaki in its packaging, the staff presented it sliced into two on a plate exposing its green tea paste. Now, that's what the extra 50p (due to eating in) gets you. The dorayaki was a great compromise if you feel like having a bite and yet have to your diet.

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Service was slow but always with a gracious smile. I guess they are overwhelmed, they have a huge pile of plates and dishes stacked up on the counter to be washed!

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Tombo is a great place to chill out after a day at the museums - I would definitely pop back the next time I am in the area.

The author, who goes by the moniker of Twinkle Toes is a regular contributor to both London Chow and Singaporean in London. She, like most of us, lives to eat.

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