Our Vision

We started Tombo in 2009 in South Kensington with a dream that high-quality, healthy Japanese food and tea should be available to everyone.

We believe in using traditional Japanese ingredients and cooking techniques in our kitchens, but serving it in a modern and accessible way – like our Japanese sushi poké bowls. To make it onto the Tombo menu, it has to make you feel good and be good for you.


We’re also obsessed with Japanese green tea and all its health benefits, especially matcha powder green tea. You can see this influence across our menu including special drinks, cakes, and our famous soft serve matcha ice cream.

Tombo, meaning ‘dragonfly’, is a Japanese symbol of renewal and it represents the natural positive force that we want to create in our cafes, in our food and tea, and in our people.