4 star rating 46 reviews

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09 5228282

5 Short Street, Newmarket, Auckland

  Korean, Japanese
11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, 6 PM to 10 PM (Mon-Fri), 5:30 PM to 10 PM (Sat-Sun)


Reviews for Tombo

5 star rating
by Miss Bon Viveur
12 days ago

Tombo is ONE OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS I have ever dined in to. The staff were great, and full house for dinner? I think that speaks on how great this restaurant is.

The food is SO YUMMY (Yes, I cannot contain how much I enjoyed my experience here). There were enough available variety of food. Let's be honest, you can only eat so much and as long as you find maybe 6 types of dishes you like, you're pretty much good for the night (well at least for me). The dessert was very lovely too ... Basically, I enjoyed having dinner here so I'm not gonna fault it much.

Now, it would be unfair of me to fault them for this because they have no control of it whatsoever. Since the place was packed when we got there, we have to squeeze ourselves in (7 of us) in a 4 seater table. The food (although they re-fill it up quickly) runs out as well too fast since there are too many people there .. So if you're not fast enough then you're not gonna be able to get the food you want unless you can wait and go back. Maybe it's time to upgrade to a bigger place if it's like this every night? ;)

Our friend paid for everything after and when we were just on our way out, one of the waitress might have thought that we didn't pay for our meal so she said "excuse me, have you paid??" (Non verbatim) it can be quite offending (maybe because we just had casual outfits on) but I guess they just wanted to make sure. After we got out, a waitress started running after us. Honestly, we thought "here we go again with them thinking we did an eat and run" but she gave us a loyalty card with 7 stamps on it and we just have to fill it up to get a free meal. Ngaw, it was a very sweet gesture for that restaurant to do so and really won me over. I will be sure to recommend this place to my friends and zomato-ers as well.

4 star rating
by Love Food
26 days ago

we went for dinner, good envirment, food is okay nice and fresh, but not many choice. does not let me feel want to go back again.
Great atmosphere along with excellent service!

4 star rating
by Tanz
one month ago

Three of us went there around 8:30pm for dinner, they were almost ready to close but welcomed us warmly.

Initially not many food left in buffet area, their manager saw that and asked to cook to prepare some more food for us. They made some sashimi, hot meat and soup just for us, and refilled some dishes in buffet area.

The quality of food was very nice compared with most Korean food palace. The service was outstanding. Impressed by their professional attitude towards customers.

The lowlight was that the made common Korean dishes only and we can taste them everywhere. They should have their home specialised food to attract more people.

4 star rating
by JD&SA
one month ago

Our casual go to Resturant, basic decor but beautiful friendly staff and a good selection of fabulous tasty fresh food. The prices are so reasonable that it's easy to go and get a lovely relaxed tasty meal often. If you are not beyond being seen in a basic decor restaurant then you will be treated to good food and awesome smiling friendly service - JD&SA (we love our food!)

2 star rating
by Fishfly
one month ago

The staff was nice. and the food tastes nice but the range was very limited. Most importantly, it was not good value! Definitely not worth $30.00 per person! There are other korean bbq buffets which are less than that price and have a large selection. I would not go there again. It was very disapointing. We will definitely not go back there again.

4 star rating
by R:R:©hin
one month ago

Been to tombo a few times now they have a nice range of dishes in there Buffet a mix of Korean and Japanese dishes with the pumpkin soup the odd one out..but in a good way its a very nice starter .. but the standout is the bbq beef rib.. which is offered to each table as it comes off the grill from the kitchen the beef alone is worth the admission price..sure they have a limited dessert range fruit and cake.. but you wouldn't want too much more after getting though there range of dishes

3 star rating
by Food Lover
one month ago

Food is something between Japanese and Korean and not really a good one. And drinks from all over Asia and New Zealand... It's a true limbo
The environment is very cold with white lighting which is not very inviting with uncomfortable chairs.

Not a place I go back to unfortunately.

5 star rating
by Tigadee00
one month ago

I don't usually write reviews on restaurants (had in the past as a food journalist many years ago) but this is definitely a worthwhile exception. I've been to several Korean restaurants and most are good but not exceptional. Tombo really blew them away in terms of offering both quantity and the rare other component - QUALITY. All of the food was exceptional (I'm not talking about the desserts, which were limited and of fair quality, but then I'm not a dessert person anyway), from the offerings (variety) to the flavours and portions. Fried squid, BBQ beef ribs, cold soba noodles, chicken karage (almost grease-less crispy fried nibbles), the rice cake in sweet spicy sauce, braised pork ribs, fish katsu and quite a few more were delicious. They even had fresh salmon, albeit in tiny portions. And of all things, the sushi was surprisingly superb. "Of all things"? Well, I am not a sushi fan mainly because I usually find they are more rice cakes than actual sushi, meaning there's more rice than filling/topping, so I think they are rip-offs in most places (unless you go to a [often expensive] Japanese place, which I don't).  In Tombo, they make sushi you WANT to eat. Small (i.e. less rice) with a good balance of seaweed, rice and filling/topping. These made me try them and going back for more - an extremely rare occurrence, I assure you!The BBQ beef ribs were also exceptional and best I've had so far in terms of flavour, with a perfect blend of sweetness, savouriness and smokiness. Just remember to ask for re-fills, as they won't keep bringing it back if you don't ask (which they will do so happily). Even the unusual dishes such as the fish roe/tofu soup was surprisingly tasty. The little optional hot pot is a nice touch, allowing you to wash down and fill in those last little pockets of empty space in your stomach after you've gone a few rounds. Complimentary coffee and tea to wash it all down with, not to mention the service was excellent with friendly staff and efficient service, all added a nice bow on top of the dining experience. While I usually hesitate to spend $30 per person on a meal, I must say that Tombo was well and truly worth it. My only regret was that I ran out of space in my stomach after the 7th round (or was it eighth)!

5 star rating
by Lucille Sia
2 months ago

My husband and I came here without any expectations and we were actually amazed as to how good this korean-japanese fusion restaurant. The service is superb. For $30 we tasted different seafoods like crabs, mussels, squid,etc. The pork ribs was so tasty. There was a variation of sushi. And to have a shabo-shabo is a plus as well. The refilling did take time but it made up for the tasty dishes served. Minimal dessert but loved it as well. Did I mention there was coffee as well?! :) John Niño Sia

5 star rating
by Stifany Anwar
2 months ago

Me and my partner was amazed by how great the staff hospitality is! They are very friendly and welcoming! They explain the menu and help us to decide the dish. We ended up ordered 2 lunch boxes, one is chicken cutlet and another one is beef ribs. The food was really good! They told me that during dinner time the restaurant will open for buffet as well! Recommended for people who's looking for a good place to eat around newmarket!!😊😊👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

5 star rating
by Nia Tupouniua
2 months ago

Finally made it last night to this awesome place. Tombo is a busy fusion Korean Japanese buffet that is nestled away in Newmarket down Short St close to where the old Mandalay used to be.
The wait staff are so friendly and attentive.
All the food was delicious esp loved the range of sushi. Kumara noodles, short spare ribs, sticky pork ribs, octopus and spicy seafood the list goes on and on. A must try for anyone with a love of Asian food.
Definitely returning again.

5 star rating
by Super(・_・;Phoebe
2 months ago

This is a lovely Korean buffet!The minute we were seated the staff brought us a hot pot station and some bbq ribs. I love their sushi selection and huge amount of seafood and veges. Also,the pumpkin soup is a must try,as well as the creamy chicken&vege soup,were both really tasty. As for the dessert,it was just small pieces of tiramisu,kiwifruit and stuff like that,nothing stand out,but other dishes did make up for it. Overall,reasonable price(30per person)and chill out atmosphere.

5 star rating
by Wynne
2 months ago

Nice and clean restaurant, serving Korean cuisines. Food are delicious and variety is good too. Will definitely go back again, keep it up !

5 star rating
by Mitchell Yee
3 months ago

Tombo is one of my favorite Korean Buffets!, they offer such a wide variety of Korean and Japanese foods ranging from salmon sashimi to korean bbq meat. 

The food is always delicious and fresh and the staff are always very friendly.  They always greet you with a friendly smile and ask whether your enjoying your food. The atmosphere is really nice and the food is great, I really enjoy watching the kpop videos that play in the background :)

Definitely going to visit again soon!

5 star rating
by Michelle Honore
3 months ago

I had lunch here today and was very happy with the experience. The staff were lovely and the food was great. I ordered the spicy teriyaki which came out on a hot plate with a side of rice, miso, salad and little condiments. This was great value for $12.50 and the sauce was to die for! My friend had the beef stew which was also delicious and nice and tender. Will definitely be going back

5 star rating
by Dee Elle
3 months ago

We went here last Saturday for dinner. It was a last-minute decision and we were fortunate enough to get a table (booking ahead would be a wise move!). The food was very good (as far as buffet standards go). Our favorite was the Beef Short Rib Stew. However, I'm not giving this place a 5 because they quckly ran out of rice and kimchi. It would also be nice if more of the desserts were served at a time--we had to queue as soon as the little plates were out because the goodies disappear fast. Really great food with very good service!

5 star rating
by Nzjwilson
4 months ago

Been here twice and both times have been so good.. Service and staff are lovely. Food is delicious. All you can eat sushi. Love this place. highly recommend but advise to book first :)

5 star rating
by Ken
4 months ago

Probably one of the best Korean Buffet I've ever had. Always a little put off by the smoke and grease of the BBQ but Tombo is different. They offer option for a la carte or buffet., menu is clearly explained before I walked in and the service was superb. Delicious food on the buffet with tiny portions which allows you to try a bit of everything. Will definitely recommend.

5 star rating
by Tiffany Sua
4 months ago

Tried the buffet here and it was so good!

Quite a good variety to choose from and not to mention they make BBQ beef ribs on the grill and have staff come around to you asking if you want any. They were delicious!

Most of the food was well presented and everything i tried was very nice :)

Would recommend and would come back here. (I'd like to try their set menu)

4 star rating
by Christina
5 months ago

I like to come here for their set menu lunch specials, especially the teriyaki chicken one which comes with the rice, 3 sides, a small salad and of course a portion of the chicken. 

Service wise, the lady at the front is very friendly and welcoming, and also prompt to serve. Cooking time can be a bit of a let down though particularly when they're also serving other dine-in customers. 

All in all, good service, and above average food and price is about what you'd expect to pay in this area.

4 star rating
5 months ago

One of the few good Korean buffets in Auckland. Finally! A korean restaurant with great customer service! The minute you walk into that door, you're greeted with a great big welcome. They will seat you the best possible seats as soon as possible. They even kindly showed us great parking spots, as parking can be such a hassle in this area. The atmosphere is great and is a very neat layout. The food is great for a buffet. The only let down I must add is the refills. An issue that many buffet places face but can be quite unpleasant for the diners. Actually felt like a bit of salmon that day and I heard they had salmon so was looking forward to it. I know I shouldve bought a fresh fish and prepared sashimi myself at home but I really needed a break. I had about 3 servings and gave up because there simply wasnt enough. I did leave hungry for more sashimi but other dishes did make up for it. Interesting to see that bbq meat was distributed out individually. Loved the texture and seasoning on the bbq but was inconvenient to have to ask for more personally each time. I do recommend this place though!!! Do give this place a go!

5 star rating
by Norman Crawshaw
5 months ago

A huge range of Asian foods to choose from. No-one should ever leave here hungry. What's even better is that the buffet style means you can choose what you like and leave the rest.

Some of the dishes are well known, other quite exotic (at least to European taste) but all are well cooked and well presented. The hot dishes are freshened up frequently and the salads and pickles have a great range.

Service is great. The staff welcome you like old friends and nothing is too much trouble.

With an "all you can eat" price less than the price of a main at many nearby restaurants, what more could you want ? Do yourself a favour and eat there

5 star rating
by Chin And Prony Powichitkul
7 months ago

What a lovely place for buffet! We have been here since they first opened and are very happy to see how the amount of their customers base have grown.
Service is always superb and attentive, the manager always make sure you are having a good experience.
The food is just amazing, so flavoursome and never boring. It is always fresh as they seem to make them in small amounts to refill.
Not a lot of drinks option but this is normal for buffets.
Their signature beef ribs are just amazing, I hope they do buffet bbq in the future just for the ribs!
The dessert range is always limited to 2-3options but what they have on is always so delicious! My fave is the green tea gateau cake which is like fluffy heaven on your tongue!
The toilet needs a bit of a renovation though as male and female toilets seems to share the sink and tap. Maybe more work on cleaning the toilet and making sure there are tissues! Seems to always be none in there but I'll forgive you since you guys are always so busy outside.
Keep up the amazing work, it is good to see your business grow so well!

5 star rating
by Ana Moala
11 months ago

This is one of the best buffets in Auckland. The staff are extremely welcoming and friendly. Delicious food and always have plenty. Will definitely be going back again and again.

4 star rating
by Rachna
Sep 01, 2014

Good selection of Japanese and Korean food.

Great atmosphere along with excellent service!

This place I would highly recommend to anyone who loves Asian food (Korean and Japanese).

5 star rating
by Mira
Aug 28, 2014

dinner buffet $29service 5/5environment 5/5food 4/5cost performance 5/5drink 3/5The food is fantastic. espcially smorky kalbi ( Korean style marinated BBQ ribs )They served the BBQ ribs to table. I'm rally a meat lover. I recommend the ribs !!!There is a more what I want to say.  Their sevice is awesome.  The manager ( a beautiful lady ) is so kind. I'm a fan of her. ( When I left a restaurant, I hugged her. hahaha)People who work in food industry should learn by watching her. I also work at a reaturant so I need to learn from her.I strongly recommend Tombo. I'll come back and try a lunch menu next time.

5 star rating
by Shimal Ram
Aug 25, 2014

Nice, fresh food.  Very tasty and set out quite well.  Went for a buffet dinner on Friday night.  5.30pm booking and it was nice and quiet.  Placed filled up soon after.  Very nice staff and the manager was super courteous!  Very nice and spacious set up - like the fact they have dividers between some tables, giving a sense of privacy.  Best bbq ribs - amazing flavour!  Highly recommend to Asian fusion flavour lovers!

4 star rating
by Tess
Aug 21, 2014

Dinner with 3 other families. Great buffet selection, love the bbq beef ribs but have to wait to be served on your table. My husband who is difficult to please when eating out loves it. Definitely coming back. Reasonable price, clean place and good space (not to crowded table setting). Good service  but had a good laugh with our friend who just put the last mouthful of food in his mouth and his plate already taken away.

5 star rating
by Nethni Mendis
Aug 11, 2014

I ordered 27 packs from the lunch menu for my office staff. All 27 were happy with their meals. they were presented well and full of flavour.

5 star rating
by Sam
Aug 04, 2014

Awesome food and the best service!Went there for dinner on Friday night, as I walked in I was greeted by the front desk lady who was very friendly!! Ribs were cooked to perfection, salmon and Prawns tasted so fresh! I love this place and I totally recommend this place to anyone!The service was the best compare to any other restaurant I have been to.

Definitely going back soon!

5 star rating
by Irene S
Jun 24, 2014

Awesome food and awesome service! Had my birthday here on Saturday, as I walked in I was greeted by the front desk lady who was so friendly!!because we arrived late they served food to my table! Pork ribs were beautiful, salmon tasted so fresh! I love this place and I totally recommend this place to anyone! Food is awesome and the best service ever!

5 star rating
by John Nicks
Jun 21, 2014

Great food. We had the set combos. Absolutely beautiful, tasty, well flavored dishes. Excellent service as well.
Big portions for a fair price. Super fresh and nicely presented.
Coming back soon.
This place I would highly recommend to anyone who loves Asian food (Korean and Japanese).

5 star rating
by Ladyblueprint
May 31, 2014

Good selection of Japanese and Korean specialties in a child friendly restaurant. Great atmosphere with excellent service! Certainly plan on returning.

5 star rating
by E Z
May 23, 2014

Really great buffet dinner!

Wide variety of Korean dishes, sushi and soups. There's even fruit, coffee and dessert! Nice environment too, and the service is top notch compared to other buffet places!

Can get pretty busy so would recommend booking. You can dine with 20% discount on your birthday! (Dunno why discounts are a tradition for birthdays)

5 star rating
by One2one
May 15, 2014

Honestly, top quality buffet place. everything is fresh, friendly staff and deliver Korean bbq rib at your table as many time we want. over nearly selection in food. I have been three times, both time I had amazing time and food there!! love Tombo Buffet and highly recommend to all.

4 star rating
by Cho Jin Hee
May 08, 2014

Went for lunch with two friends.

All came out happy and full.

Good service as well.

What more can I say?

5 star rating
by Lennex Yu
May 06, 2014

I have been to Tombo Buffet for four times. Three times for lunch and once for dinner. It is certainly one of my favourite restaurants.

The food is simply scrumptious. There are three lunch sets of different proportions, ranging from $11.50-$15.00, with a choice of your favourite main. Everyone can choose different lunch set depending on how much they eat. The dinner buffet costs $29 and provides fresh seafood from sashimi to mussel. The Asian cuisines are various and delicious. The head chef with over 30 years of experience does not let his customers down.

The personnel and the environment are also great. The staffs are friendly. The manager always makes me feel welcomed and makes sure everything is fine. Being one of the finest managers I have ever seen, it is hard to believe the manger has only been working for 6 years. The environment is clean and tidy. The clever use of trellis fences provides privacy without isolation.

In summary, great food, reasonable price, friendly staff, comfortable environment. This new restaurant has only been around for 6 months, but I expect to see it go much further in the years to come. It is one of my happy places to go to in New Market. I recommend Tombo Buffet wholeheartedly.

5 star rating
by Benedict Mason
Feb 22, 2014

Tombo, one of Auckland great buffet house, love it love it and love it : )
I miss the crispy fried pork /chicken chops, it was served when we first time came here for dinner, now been replaced by crispy fish chops.Hopefully Tombo can bring back some of the old delicious dishes so that our tummy will fill with loads of love from this restaurant.

Tombo, maintain the standards and keep fighting.

Thank you to the chefs, kitchen hands, manager and waitress for making us the customers feel loved every time we walk in here.

5 star rating
by Audric Kam
Feb 16, 2014

The workers actually seemed genuinely friendly and happy; persistently checking up on us and making great efforts to ensure that the foods we desired were present.

The food was also very tasty and was considerably great ranged. For a buffet, it was also relatively cheap.

Nothing more can be said, you guys are going to have to try it for yourselves!!

5 star rating
by Sena
Feb 13, 2014

Good food great service. Went here after booking on my birthday - pleasantly surprised as they gave a free bottle of wine as it was the date of my birthday and there were more than 4 ppl.One of my friend took their card as well so guess he liked it a lot as well. Will be happy to come again :)

Just be careful on parking as the Chinese restaurant next door has their car park look like a public car park, has a tiny, non-noticable sign in Chinese saying they'll tow the car (with all haste to do so - two ppl had their car towed within an hour)

5 star rating
by Jenny Zhao
Jan 31, 2014

It was our first time for my sister and I to dine in a Japanese restaurant. The design was very welcoming and the service was extremely friendly. We were both nervous about what food we will be ordering tonight, especially the prices that will be in the Menu (we haven't seen the Menu). However, when we walked in, the waitress greeted us and introduced their combo of korean and Japanese baffet! It was DELICIOUS!

5 star rating
by Kat Treybig
Jan 26, 2014

Just had an amazing dinner at tombo and was very impressed with not only the variety of cold and hot dishes, soups and sides (and lots of sushi), but the lovely hostess was very friendly and the servers were informative about any dishes we had questions about. She brought us out a large helping of korean bbq beef ribs, hot off the grill, my favorite, without us needing to ask. Everything was fresh right down the crispy tempura veggies and fresh spring rolls. The presentation was lovely and clean, no metal serving platters with heat lamps here. I'm incredibly full and very happy we took the time to drive out to newmarket on this rainy weekend, I'd love to go there again for a special occasion or another rainy evening :)

5 star rating
by Shannon
Dec 21, 2013

We went there for $29 dinner buffet. I was already impressed by the waitress(maybe she was the manager) before I even had the food. You know finding a car park in Newmarket is hard, but actually the waitress helped us to find a car park! I couldn't believe it! (unless she was the manager, ok not even a manager would do that to be honest) Hey, thank you if you read this :)

Now for the food, yep, the food was excellent too! Great combination of Japanese and Korean food so you have more variety to choose. My friend especially liked Korean food section. He loved Bossam with cucumber Kim-chi and BBQ~ I liked the sushi selection and spicy squid salad in Korean food section. Love it! I haven't tried lunch 'donburi', will def try~

Overall, attentive and well mannered staffs and good food!

5 star rating
by Jarod Kim
Dec 05, 2013

Food was amazing. Very delicious. Fresh, crisp and Sashimi was not soggy at all.

Most of all when the closing time was near, food was no longer re-filled then staff was asking each table for customer's specific menu. If you want Salmon Sashimi for certain amount, they will bring it to your table.

Very good service and quality.

5 star rating
by Kerri Hurman
Nov 20, 2013

I work right upstairs, so Tombo is very convenient. The donburi is great! There's lots of meat selections to choose from and a great selection of veggies. Nice to have an inexpensive, healthy lunch option when there's so many other fattening ones around.

Also, the service is fantastic! One of the best places for service that I've been. The waitress is attentive without hanging all over you and she's always bright, cheerful and has a smile. Well done guys! Now I have to try the dinner!

5 star rating
by Katerina Turnu
Oct 14, 2013

Had an absolutely delicious lunch here today. $11.50 for what they called 'donburi'. There was easy guidance on how to assemble my lunch: I got to choose two mains (I chose fish katsu and teriyaki tofu), and then I had the freedom to select as many salad ingredients as I wanted from the buffet-style bowls, then sauces.

The waitress was very helpful, and recommended the teriyaki sauce and wasabi sauce combination (the wasabi sauce was really mild and delicious with loads of teriyaki sauce).

Tofu was perfectly cooked, fish was very nicely cooked.

It was pretty awesome to eat such healthy and delicious food for lunch - a huge bowl of fresh veges - easily counted as 3 out of my "5+ veges a day", and with the sauces it was fabulous.

Will definitely come again next time I'm passing through Newmarket.