Dominique Ansel Bakery, London
Finally, finally, finalllllly made it to the Dominique Ansel Bakery here in London last Sunday. Just in case you’re wondering who D.A is, he’s the inventor of the donut/croissant lovechild, the Cronut. Yep that guy. Now I do feel like I’ve kinda cheated on my friend Arthur by going without him. We’d spent a sunny afternoon at the Dominique Ansel Kitchen in NYC back in April and agreed to do it all over again at the London bakery. But my defence is that I was in the area, and Arthur’s Instagram feed had me all kinds of insta-envious as he
swanned around worked hard whilst visiting NYC, Miami and L.A for business. So I went without him. But by no means am I against visiting again. And again. And again. It is that good.
So where do I start? Discussing the desserts that look more beautiful than anything you’d find in an art gallery? Or the fact that they have blossoming hot chocolate, which is literally what it says on the tin, a super chocolatey thick hot drink, topped with a marshmallow flower bud that blossoms before your eyes (the very hot chocolate I recorded so I could share the blossoming action with you, only to realise I hadn’t pressed the record button!!!).
Then there’s the famous Milk and Cookie Shot, a chocolate chip cookie shot ‘glass’, lined with a layer of thick chocolate and served with milk (you can see the action below!). I should probably also talk to you about the Frozen S’more’s… Tahitian vanilla ice cream, crisp chocolate feuilletine (FYI that’s a fancy word for a wafer), and a marshmallow that’s torched to order until the outside is golden and crunchy.
I don’t know about you guys, but I am so hungry now.
When we arrived at Dominique Ansel Bakery last Sunday afternoon, we were relieved to see there wasn’t a line snaking down the road and just a smaller queue inside the brightly lit, beautifully decorated cafe. We were served within 10 minutes, and opted for take-out due the cafe being full. A 5 minute wait for our order, and then we stood huddled in the corner of the bakery literally inhaling our purchases like a couple of crack addicts.
Sadly I couldn’t try the Milk and Cookie Shot due to it being full of gluten, and whilst the Frozen S’more’s also contain gluten with the wafer inside, it is a minimal amount and I was careful to eat around it. The Blossoming Hot Chocolate was of course gluten free, and seriously one of the nicest hot chocolates I’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking.
I cannot stop thinking about Dominique Ansel Bakery and all the treats I still need to try. The weekend is just a few days away, so maybe just maybe I’ll have to repeat history and pay another visit this Sunday.