Debuting today, two Asian-inspired concepts have joined forces to fill a corner of the westside’s Village Square, bringing some uncommon dishes to the neighborhood.
Tomo Noodles & Dumplings is the larger, brand new attraction, sitting next door to Bachi Burger. Inside the restaurant, the counter-service Enso Tea Bar has its own set-up, arriving after a successful launch in Santa Monica, California.
The interior space features an industrial-style ceiling and inventive murals, with manga-inspired artwork, graffiti touches, and a neon sign that illuminates the message, “give me liberTEA or give me death.” Diners can also opt to sit close to all the cooking action and face the open kitchen.
On the menu, dumpling appetizers including the $6 chicken soup, spicy salmon, and “classic pork & shrimp gyoza,” plus skewers, edamame hummus and spicy garlic green beans.
Ramen dishes are priced at $10 or $11 and include tonkotsu, shoyu ginger chicken, and the house “Tomo” dish made with pork belly and chicken thighs. The restaurant also serves sandwiches and indulgent desserts, including the fish-shaped taiyaki, fried Oreos, and the $5 “tres leches honey toast.”
Diners can either order milk and fruit beverages separately at the Enso bar, or with their Tomo meal. Choices include taro, “honey bee,” matcha, a white peach slush and a jasmine green tea. Prices are $4 for the regular size, $5 for the large, and $6 for a split cup.
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