Dominique Ansel Bakery Japan

Food Chronicles

“Next Generation Bakery”

 

There is one dessert in recent years that massively created an international frenzy.

It started in New York City by a French pastry chef. The instant craze produced countless imitators. And the name was soon trademarked.

Guessed it yet?

 

Yes, the Cronut.

 

Dominique Ansel

Dominique Ansel is the chef-owner of the famed Dominique Ansel Bakery and Dominique Ansel Kitchen in New York City and in Tokyo.

Ansel is no stranger to French pastries. He led the international expansion of Fauchon, a well-known boutique shop for some of the finest French food products.

From there, Ansel moved on to become the executive pastry chef at Daniel, Daniel Boulud’s flagship restaurant in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

He then opened his own bakery in New York City. Dominique Ansel Bakery is a “next generation bakery” showcasing fresh and modern desserts which are French and locally inspired (from New York and Tokyo).

Ansel’s creativity did not stop with the Cronut. He is also the brains behind the Frozen S’more and Cookie Shots.

In both locations, it is the DKA, Dominique’s Kouign Amann, that is the best seller. This is Ansel’s version of the caramelized croissant.

 

Dominique Ansel Bakery Japan

Dominique Ansel Bakery Japan opened in Tokyo’s Omotesando shopping district in June 2015.

The bakery features Ansel’s signature pastries, as well as local and seasonal creations that change each month.

The first floor is the self-seating area for which many line up (and it is well-worth the wait). Here, you order at the counter and pick up your items at the receiving counter.

On the second floor is the full-service café where you can have a proper meal and order the selections from the first floor. Cronuts, however, are exclusive to the first floor until they sell out (which typically happens by early afternoon). Reservations are accepted on the second floor.

If you are a pastry fan, you must check out Dominique Ansel Bakery Japan.

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View from the ever-present line to order from the 1st floor pastry selections. On average, the wait may take around 30 minutes, and on weekends you can expect to wait about an hour. It is well-worth the wait
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Still in line with a better view of the bakery
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The view of the bakery from the soft serve counter
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Finally in the bakery! Temptations to buy everything in sight
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Classic pastries, like croissants
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DKA. Dominique’s Kouign Amann. These caramelized croissants are the best seller of the bakery
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Classic, modern, and seasonal pastries
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Morning Cereal, Frozen S’more (torched to order), and Mini Madeleines (baked fresh per order)
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Receiving counter. Numbers are called for your order where you will receive your packages to go and/or watch your order prepared in front of you
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Freshly baked Cookie Shots

A clip from my Snapchat story (@foodicles): At the receiving counter for a Frozen S’more and a Cookie Shot

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It’s never too early for this kind of shot
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Frozen S’more
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After some amazing bites. Vanilla ice cream and a chocolate layer inside the fluffy, burnt marshmallow
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DKA to take home or give as a gift. The crunch of the croissant holds up best on the first day

 

Click here for TripAdvisor reviews and photos of Dominique Ansel Bakery

Dominique Ansel Bakery
5-7-14 Jingumae
Shibuya-ku
Tokyo
+81-3-3486-1329
10am to 7pm

 


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