“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 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.
A clip from my Snapchat story (@foodicles): At the receiving counter for a Frozen S’more and a Cookie Shot
Dominique Ansel Bakery
10am to 7pm
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