By Joe Teng
As everyone knows, we Londoners are a pretty busy bunch, with hardly any time to ourselves – whether that’s not having enough time for a lunch break, or having the chance to sit down for a full-on meal.
Well, my friends, that is all about to change thanks to the delightful Tombo Poke, a London restaurant that’s figured out how best to handle these kind of situations.
The name may sound a bit funny but Tombo Poke is essentially a Japanese-influenced café/bar that specialises in salad bowls and all things sushi and matcha (green tea). With locations in Soho, Fitzrovia and South Kensington, it is the perfect pit stop for anyone wanting a quick bite to eat. Of course, not everyone is in a rush, but these guys do not mess around as their sushi salad bowls are made in no time at all. Not only is it super healthy, but it is also super tasty. Now that is what I call getting the best out of both worlds.
Build your own poke
There’s two ways of tackling the menu: either by building your own ‘poke’ or going for the bowls already on offer. They come in different forms and sizes from raw salmon to teriyaki chicken and organic tofu. We went for two classic pokes, each containing delicious fresh salmon and sticky teriyaki chicken. Both are served with sticky black and white rice, crisp courgette noodles and finished off with spring onions, edamame, sesame seed, nori and a light drizzle of sesame and soy.
While not the heaviest of meals, Tombo’s food is seriously fulfilling. Furthermore, unlike some other places out there, Tombo’s does not scrimp on the portion sizes, either. And just in time for the winter season, Tombo’s have recently released a new menu featuring hot donburi bowls, available at both the Soho and Fitzrovia locations .
Apart from the pokes, Tombo’s also serves up some strangely addictive matcha desserts. Their sundaes are worth trying out – creamy and smooth whipped matcha ice cream doused with chocolate sauce and topped with an Oreo, Flake, and a piece of matcha sponge cake.
Whether eating in or getting a take-away, Tombo’s certainly entices customers with its pokes, and it’s the simplicity of their meals that make this neat little place a joy to eat at.
Game, set and match(a).
To learn more, visit their website at http://www.tombopoke.com/#poke
Contributor Joe Teng, aka ‘FoodPunk Joe’, is a London-based food critic on a one-man mission to showcase the city’s best cuisine, from fine dining restaurants to food markets. You can follow his adventures at https://foodpunkjoe.wordpress.com/