For all the foodies out there you would have heard of Dominique Ansel as this is the guy that invented the cronut. He is the one responsible for the huge lines outside his store in New York and the one that had caused the cronut craze to sweep all over the world (including little old Adelaide in the form of Jenny’s Bakery). Hearing that he has opened up a store in Tokyo and the cronut line isn’t as crazy, on our last day in Japan C and I paid a visit. Note that I am gonna go backwards with my trip as I feel more fired up to write about the food that is freshest in my mind.
So freaken cute
Look at this amazing beauty that is the cronut – this is what dreams are made of. The May flavour was a matcha ganache, cherry jam and black sugar cronut (loving the Japanese inspiration here :)). Crispy flaky layers of croissants that was filled inside with bittersweet matcha cream and a layer of cherry jam. The jam actually gave a sweet hit and worked really well with the matcha cream. What I really must gush over is that pastry – crunchy from the caramelised edges after being deep fried but the inside is still airy and light like a croissant. I love the real deal and really would visit every month if I lived in Japan. As a heads up we got here pretty early around 10 am and there were lots of cronuts still available. I’ve read that if you arrive later in the afternoon there is usually no cronuts left.
May Cronut – Matcha Ganache and Cherry Jam with Black Sugar (¥550)
I didn’t stop at just the cronut but also tried the frozen smores as the girls next to me had the biggest smiles on their faces as they were eating this. SOLD! Once you place your order, they’ll call you up and will blow torch your beauty to a crispy perfection right in front of you.
The blow torch caramelises the sugar and made it into a brittle shard. You bite into the crispy layer and reach the gooey marshmallow; plundging into a layer of crunchy chocolate feuilletine flakes and reaching vanilla icecream. This was an amazing combination of flavours and textures where the toasted marshmallow bought back memories for me of roasting marshmallows over a camp fire. I believe the most powerful food is one where it makes you reach back into your childhood memories.
Frozen Smores (¥750)
C got a coffee bean bun that had a fluffy bread with a sweet cream inside. A light and cute dish :)
Coffee Bean (¥280)
One of the most popular items is the Dominique Kouign Amann (DKA) and it is said to be what inspired Dominique Ansel for his cronut creation. I bought this takeaway and I definitely left it too long to eat as it did taste like a not fresh croissant. It had a layers and layers of pastry but I didn’t get the crispy outside. My fault for trying to stuff my face with so much food but I’ll definitely come try the DKA again.
Dominique Kouign Amann (DKA) (¥550)
My recommendation? Eat everything. I’m not kidding as this place was one of my favourite eats out of my entire Japan trip. Loved the cronut, frozen smores, coffee bean and would have probably loved the DKA if I ate it at it’s freshest. As a heads up you can also get the cookie shots here but they are only available after 3pm.
5-7-14, Jingumae, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo 150-0001
03 3486 1329