OUR STORY

Tomo's unique space has been influenced by close friends and supporters, from the artwork on the walls to the bottles of Fernet Hunter behind the bar.

THE CONCEPT

If you have ever visited a Japanese izakaya, you'll understand that a big part of the experience centres on sharing a steady stream of food and drink together. Often the menu is diverse, and typically attended by large groups of friends, colleagues or families. In the early stages of Tomo's planning, partners Johan Soignet and Timothy King were clear in their desire to follow a similar ethos however with a modern twist.

The Japanese kanji for Tomo, 共, means together and the menu has been created to be shared. The drink menu pays tribute to a traditional izakaya offering Hi Balls, Sake and Draft Beer but is complemented with thoughtful cocktails and non alcoholic options.

Chef Yuji preparing food in the kitchen
IN COLLABORATION WITH
Jonathan Jay Lee

Jonathan Jay Lee

Based in Hong Kong, Taiwanese-American born Jonathan Jay Lee is an award-winning illustrator who graduated with Departmental Honors in Illustration from Parsons School of Design in New York City. We are proud to have JJL's work on our walls and it is made even more special that he is childhood friends with Tim King, Partner of Tomo. To see more of Jon's work visit his website jonathanjaylee.com.

Clémentine Sandner

Clémentine Sandner

Founder and creative brainchild behind the accessories label Mikan. Her brand name is a translation of her first name's meaning, mandarin, in Japanese. Describing herself as an "up-cycler", the French designer is driven by the challenge of recreating something desirable from which one would consider waste or already retired. Clementine is responsible for the design and crafting of the aprons worn in the kitchen and by front house staff as well as our Tomo T's. Johan, Partner and Chef, became good friends with Clementine during his days living in Kyoto. To find out more about Clementine visit her website clementinesandner.com.

Raphael Holzer

Raphael Holzer

Fernet Hunter is created by Raphael Holzer and Neville Kotewall – two friends who met in Hong Kong and who share a passion for quality food and drink. Raphael’s family history is embedded in alcohol production. His great grandfather, Oskar Holzer, was first introduced to the world of spirits with Fernet Stock in Trieste, Italy. Oskar helped build the Stock empire and guided the company through adversity at every turn, including relocating to Linz, Austria during the Second World War.  Both Johan and Tim have been close friends with Raph for years and are proud too have created Tomo x Fernet Hunter a collaborative bottling with lavender harvested from Niseko, next time you stop by Tomo make sure you ask to try. You can find out more about the Fernet story at fernethunter.com.

Hugo Tremolino

Hugo Tremolino

A carpenter based in Niseko, Hugo started Niseko Custom Woodwork in 2016 and specialises in custom wood work, joinery and carpentry. All of Tomo's tables and bar counter are made with a local Hokkaido wood called Enju, which Hugo sourced and crafted to fit the restaurants aesthetics. You can get in touch with Hugo at nisekocustomwoodwork.com.

Walk in's welcome, reservations are strongly recommended, we welcome large groups if you are looking for a space for more than 16 people please get in touch here