Tombo Japanese Café & Matcha Bar @ Soho

10:00:00 AM Elaine Loke 0 Comments

Hey everybody! Back to blogging again and this time it's a review of Tombo Japanese Café & Matcha Bar! 
I've been wanting to try Poke Bowls because of its appealing vibrant colour and the hype on social media as a new healthy food trend. While I always think Poke Bowl originates from Japan, it's actually from Hawaii! Apparently, Poke is the Hawaiian verb for "sliced" or "cut", which is why it is always topped with small cubes of raw fish. 
For my first try on Poke Bowl, I decided to visit Tombo in Soho! I'm a huge fan of Tombo because they specialise in matcha desserts and I AM SO IN LOVE WITH MATCHA
If I had to choose between chocolate and matcha, I'll go for matcha without a doubt. It's matcha all the way for me 💚💚💚
I'll be reviewing some matcha desserts in my next blog post so watch out for it if you're a matcha lover! But for now, let's stick to Poke Bowls. 


My pick was Tombo's Classic Salmon Pokē. You have the option of black & white rice or courgette noodles as your base, so for those who are really trying to eat healthily or want to cut carbohydrates out of your diet, the courgette noodles choice is a good option. 
I opted for black & white rice, and my bowl was served with salmon cubes, sesame soy, white onions, edamame, sesame seeds and nori. 


My friend, on the other hand, ordered the Spicy Mayo Prawn which consisted of prawns (obviously), sriracha mayo and edamame, topped with crispy shallots and shichimi chilli. 
Presentation wise, definitely Instagrammable. I took a bite of the salmon cube and was satisfied at how well-seasoned it was - not too salty and it didn't have any fishy taste. 
However, as I took more bites, that's when I slowly realised the disaster buried at the bottom of the bowl. 
My rice (or black & white rice if you want to be exact LOOL), was soaked in a pool of soy sauce and it was SO SALTY. Every mouth of it tasted like I was taking a shot of soy sauce. It was that horrible. I insisted on finishing the whole thing because I didn't want it to go to waste but my friend and I came to the conclusion that we didn't want to risk getting high cholesterol. We did finish all the toppings which were actually really nice. All in all, the Classic Pokē could have been really good if it weren't for the soy sauce rice. 
Overall, it's a low rating of 4/10 from me because, despite the mouth-watering toppings and delicious salmon cubes, I feel that the rice plays an important role in this dish as the base. 
However, let's not have the Classic Pokē disaster discourage you from visiting Tombo because the Spicy Mayo Prawn was absolutely delicious! The mayo didn't taste like ordinary mayo, it was mildly sweet and savoury - a perfect match with the prawns and crispy shallots. The mayo tasted a lot spicier than I expected, but it's not an extreme spiciness. After a few mouths, you ought to get used to the spiciness, but for those who can't stand even the slightest spicy food, you may want to avoid this. 
Overall, I give the Spicy Prawn Mayo Pokē a whopping 10/10 because I couldn't any fault in it. 
Apart from Poke Bowls, one should never leave Tombo without getting something made with matcha! There're so many options to choose from - latte, frappe, sundae, tart, gateau, cheesecake etc. 
I settled for the most common dessert - matcha soft serve
I've had loads of matcha ice cream and soft serve in the past and I can proudly say that Tombo's matcha soft serve is by far the best I've ever had! 
My only reason is because I could taste the matcha flavour easily until my very last spoon. 
In the past, all the matcha ice cream and soft serve I've tried had a pretty mild matcha taste and they're milkier instead. After a few spoons, my taste buds just stopped recognising the subtle matcha taste and it'll taste like milk or vanilla flavour instead. But for Tombo's, it was matcha in every spoon. 
10/10 for their matcha soft serve of course! 
If you're craving for matcha desserts or even Japanese food, do check out Tombo in Soho or South Kensington. 
28 D'Arblay Street
Soho, W1F 8EW
Mon-Sat 11:30 - 21:00
Sun 11:30 - 20:00

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