It's our first morning in Tokyo, and we met up with some friends for a late breakfast/brunch. Hello Kitty was catching up with one of her friends from Hong Kong who had settled in Tokyo, and we were also joined by 娜姐 who had just arrived earlier today.
Dominique Ansel Bakery opened up in Tokyo last year, I was unable to join a bunch of friends for the opening party as I was busy with work commitments. Therefore I was determined to make it here and try out some of their Tokyo specials - especially their Cronut. The location is pretty close to a prime shopping area, so I was pretty happy that everyone was agreeable to my choice of venue.
We got ourselves a big table on the second floor. While others chose to order savory dishes, I decided to taste as many of the cakes and pastries as possible. The sugar fiend in me definitely came out to play today!
But for the Cronut, we had to go downstairs and buy it from the counter - and of course there was a 2-Cronut-per person limit. But what I found annoying was that we had to buy them for takeout and weren't allowed to eat them on the second floor - while others sitting downstairs could munch right away. We made sure to buy enough to give some away later in the day.
Inside the lychee mousse exterior was a layer of mango as well as an almond biscuit at the bottom. I just loved this combination of flavors - with mango and lychee being two of my favorite fruits of all time, and tropical and floral fragrances rolled into one. If only I could eat it all myself...
DKA - I already had a few of these before, but I figured this was his signature item that I preferred over the Cronut, so the others should get a chance to taste it, too. This was Hello Kitty's favorite, since it wasn't overly sweet yet all the flaky, buttery goodness was there. I just looooove kouign amanns!
I gotta say I was pretty full from all this, even though I just took bits of everything. I wish I had more room for their seasonal items with hyuganatsu (日向夏), strawberries...etc.
A few items were consumed later in the day, which definitely wasn't ideal:
Peep-a-Boo - FAIL. These were supposed to be little chicks peeping out of egg shells, made of two layers of marshmallows sandwiching a salted caramel center, then coated with a layer of chocolate on the outside.
Unfortunately these were impossible to eat. You can't spoon it out of the real eggshell it came in, so the only way was to break the shell bit by bit. Once you removed the shell, you found yourself holding onto a chocolate-covered egg. Wouldn't it have been better or easier if they used candy shells instead of real ones?
And I also didn't understand why they offered this as a takeaway item only, and wouldn't let us eat on the second floor.
Anyway... in spite of my issues with these two items, I was really happy to have finally made it here. With our stomachs full, it was time to do some shopping...