Wednesday, April 08, 2015

WINNIE EATS: TOMBO

tombo green tea bonsai genmai cha copy
I recently visited Tombo in London with my friend as we both love Japanese food and she recommended their green tea desserts and since I'm a sucker for all things green tea flavoured, it was a no brainer.  Luckily I had my camera with me but low lighting = noisy pics! Tombo is located just off Exhibition Road in South Kensington, it's a great little restaurant serving up authentic simple Japanese food. It's not trying to be anything different or too fancy - just really simple honest Japanese food which is quite refreshing.

Firstly let's talk about the tea. I love green tea and I chose their Bonsai tea which is their Genmai Cha tea (green tea and roasted brown rice ) which is my favourite kind of green tea! I really liked that they gave you a thermos of hot water to pour into a traditional Japanese teapot which the tea leaves were in. That way, the tea leaves don't over brew in the water which is better for the tea and means that it is much tastier. It was so incredibly fragrant, I'd come back here just for the tea alone.
tombo salmon bento
For dinner I chose their Miso Salmon Bento which was a really generous portion and pretty healthy too. It came with sides including broccoli and fine beans, pickles, lotus root and a hijikki salad (seaweed) with edamame beans. The rice was multi grain and I spied some pearl barley in the mix which is something my family in HK do sometimes too. As with Japanese meals, the bento was really balanced and not at all heavy so there was plenty of room for dessert!
tombo ice cream
tombo soft serve
I finished off my meal with some matcha green tea soft serve ice cream which I haven't had since I was back in HK. Japanese soft serve is one of my favourite things so I was so happy to have this for dessert. I finished the ice cream pretty quickly and found that the bottom of the cone was filled with oats which was a challenge to eat without making a mess! My friend had their matcha sundae which had green tea brownies and I may have had a little food envy....I'll definitely be back to try that next time! I'd really recommend this place if you want some good honest Japanese food without any of the gimmicks. 
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24 comments

  1. Oh wow this looks absolutely delicious! I'm so hungry now!
    Sophie
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    Story Of A Girl

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  2. OMG this looks absolutely divine and you've given me yet another place I have to try when I'm next in London. There's this place in Thailand called Kyo Roll En which does Japanese desserts and it is honestly the best dessert cafe ever, we visited there several times it was that good! xoxo

    ♥ Cateaclysmic ♥

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  3. I love how they put the ice cream cone in a little stand! This looks like such a yummy and healthy dinner!

    COOCOO FOR COCO

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  4. Ha thanks Maria - this was a complete whim! My friend took me here and i luckily had my camera. Pleased that it was nice and healthy though (until I had the ice cream that is!).

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  5. It was awesome! I need to come back here for some sushi and more desserts!

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  6. Haha I know, every time I visit London there is a new place I need to go to. Gosh that place in Thailand sounds amazing! I love a good Asian dessert, they're just less heavy than British ones aren't they?

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  7. It's adorable isn't it? I did have to take my snaps really quickly for fear of the ice cream melting. Yeah it was such a healthy dinner - they do a carb free version too which is the same without any rice, really good!

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  8. Oh my gosh!! Green tea?? I'd definitely go there everyday if I can...high five for loving everything green tea :)

    Connie from theconbonz

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  9. Oh wow, I love green tea especially when it's in the form of ice cream!

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  10. This looks so good! Soft serve has got even more popular here lately - I've found some amazing places for it!

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  11. OH MY GOD THE MATCHA ICE CREAM LOOKS GLORIOUS I CAN'T *heavy breathing* and the miso salmon bento looks so healthy! cries now i want bento for my lunch. despite the noisy pics, your photos are A+ tho. oh may i ask what camera you used here?


    xx http://tanaditya.co.vu

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  12. I can't get enough of Green tea! Cake, ice cream, sweets, chocolate, you name it, I'll eat it! In fact, drinking some green tea right now ;)

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  13. Definitely one of the best forms haha - this stuff was great, not overly sweet and not bitter either!

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  14. Man, this is what I miss about HK. Soft serve everywhere. Have you been to Via Tokyo yet in CWB? I've been back with friends every time I go back and it's awesome. Plus the Japanese owner is really into perfecting his recipes etc.

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  15. Ah so healthy right? Makes a change to my constant Korean fried chicken cravings. I'm pleased you liked the pics! The camera I use is the Canon 650D with a 35mm lens! x

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  16. Ive got to visit here next time I'm down that way, we love Japanese food but I've never tried any soft serve. The bright green makes for some cool photos.

    Buckets & Spades

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  17. OOOH! The ice cream looks absolutely delicious!

    WritingMonique.com

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  18. You won't regret it! They have so many green tea options (cheesecake, brownies etc etc) so that will probably be your toughest decision!

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  19. Oh, this post is delicious! haha. I love matcha, just wanted to make some matcha yoghurt last week, but was too busy. Now, i really want to. <3 Take care, love these photos, as always. x/Madison
    Living in Colour

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  20. Oh my, yes I have! But I slightly prefer i-Cremeria over Via Tokyo (:

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  21. That sounds awesome! I love that green tea is full of antioxidants - so good for you yet tasty!

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  22. The bento looks so good - I love Lotus Root, it makes dishes look so pretty! x

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