Restaurants , Japanese Brompton
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(9 user reviews)
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Tombo means 'dragonfly' in Japanese and this South Ken establishment splits its focus between deli and cafe. It serves Japanese favourites such as teri-yakitori, donburi rice bowl and katsu curry, in a calm and relaxed atmosphere and with the accent on authenticity. You can create your own bento box at the deli counter to takeaway, or opt for the eat-in evening menu, which includes sushi tartare, prawn katsu and gyoza dumplings. New dishes are regularly added to ring the changes.

Venue name: Tombo
Address: 29 Thurloe Place
Transport: Tube: South Kensington
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Average User Rating

4 / 5

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Anna Sofia T

Amazing japanise food! Good atmosphere. Remember to book or go there early cause it is quite small.

Jolynn K

This place is heaven for all matcha lovers (of course, myself included!).

They have a wide selection of matcha desserts and my favorite is none other than the Matcha Sundae - Matcha ice cream and azuki (red bean) paste (insanely good combination!) with matcha brownies, topped with matcha powder and has granola as its base. Just perfect! I tried one of their competitor's Matcha sundae and it's really no competition, Tombo's is so matcha better. ;)

Besides, their Japanese green tea is fragrant and authentic. Funny enough, I'm always so carried away by ordering desserts that I never had their Japanese food (reserving that final star till I try them out), will definitely check out their newly opened Soho branch soon! I highly recommend this place for tea after a visit at the Natural History Museum/ V&A museum.


I love Japanese food and Tombo is a great option for a Japanese lunch in South Kensington. It was unfortunate that they had no chicken left when i wanted to order the chicken katsu, so we had to go with salmon. My friend ordered the salmon bowl and it looked amazing. We ended up sharing a matcha strawberry cream roll and that was the best part of the meal.  

Matilda Egere-Cooper

This place is always packed, but for good reason. If you're looking for a really healthy take on Japanese food (which is already pretty healthy enough), this is where you go. They're all multigrain rice, supersalads and matcha everything, and for the most part, it makes you feel good. My only qualm is that I wish they were a bit more generous with the condiments (there's nothing offered on the tables so I do feel kinda guilty to ask, like I'm killing their vibe), otherwise it's still a fab place to drop-in. And their macaroons are wonderful.


casual Japanese bar in South Kensington, limited seating and service can be slow when busy but nice array of noodles, bento boxes and sushi. The desserts are particularly good – white chocolate or pandan cake, matcha tea ice creams and Mochi to name a few.  

Cheeky Bellini



A favourite place to drop by for salads and bento before or after visit to museums nearby or Royal Albert Hall. I love the miso salmon and hijiki salad. They also have a range of teas and matcha flavoured goodies from softserve ice cream to matcha beer.

Chlo Fo



Cute little Japanese cafe, ideally located for lunch before visiting the various attractions in the area. Great atmosphere and service. Menu has a wise selection of traditional Japanese food, Bento boxes offer a good bit of variety. Downside was the chicken teriyaki and miso salmon were quite dry . However, the matcha green tea is a winner and comes in a whole selection of goodies from lattes to desserts.

Chesca R

I L O V E this place. The katsu curry is superb, the bento boxes are always fresh and delicious and the matcha sundae is a treat well worth the calories 


We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here and would recommend the Katsu Curry. Service was quick but friendly. The deco is a lovely mix of oriental and South ken chic. It is an ideal location for a dinner before a show at the Royal Albert Hall or event at the V and A. We used the time out card for the discount.