Tom n Toms Coffee, a popular Korean coffee chain, recently opened its first location in San Diego.
In addition to the standard coffee beverages (mocha, macchiato, etc), there are a few Korean-influenced flavors as well as Korean bread and pastries.
The coffee store bears striking similarities to Starbucks, and this first San Diego location is opened directly across from Starbucks.
They also sell macarons! Priced at $1.80 or 3 for $5, these were pretty reasonably priced. I chose early grey, rose and passion fruit. The macaron shells had a good texture, soft with a little bit of a firmer chew in the center. The flavors were on the mild side but tasted true rather than artificial.
Basically an ice blended mocha drink. I was surprised to find that this was still bitter. I found the drink too icy and not enough coffee.
Much like the mocha, I found this drink to be far too icy.
Baked Sweet Potato Latte
This was the beverage I was most curious about. It had a wonderful sweet aroma, much like oven baked sweet potatoes. The latte did taste of sweet potato, giving the drink a mild earthy taste to it. It smelled sweeter than it tasted. My group had mixed reactions to the drink. I liked it, but my other dining companions didn’t really care for it.
Normally I wouldn’t think to order a pretzel at a coffee shop but it was advertised on their menu so I couldn’t resist. I could tell right away this wasn’t going to be good. Tough, too chewy, and nothing like the Western-style soft pretzels. It basically tasted like bread shaped into a pretzel. They have various topping options, but we chose to get the plain.
Overall, we had mixed feelings about this place. I love the menu variety and want to come back and try some more pastries and drinks. I did enjoy the sweet potato latte but wasn’t as much of a fan of the blended coffee drinks.
Tom n Toms
969 Market St
San Diego, CA 92101