I think it is safe to say that Dominique Ansel’s Bakery is a very welcome addition to London’s restaurant scene. Ansel has set up shop in Victoria, where he is selling the famous Cronut, alongside some signature dishes and a whole host of treats exclusive to his London store.
Dominque Ansel’s world famous bakery has come to London. We visited at 11:30 Saturday morning, bracing ourselves for a long wait, but thankfully it’s arrived without the crazy NYC queues.
As you arrive, you are greeted by their stunning patisserie selection, presented on top of a sophisticated marble counter. The attention to detail is incredible and the displays are well thought out. We ordered a selection of treats including:
- Kedgeree croquettes
- Welsh rarebit croissant
- Salted honey tart
- Frozen s’more
- Salted Butterscotch Cronut
Everything we ate was great, but there was some dishes in particular that stole the show. We started with the S’more, which is made up of honey marshmallow wrapped around in vanilla ice cream, chocolate wafer crisps and torched to order. The S’more is a fun idea, but super sweet and lacked some flavour if we’re honest.
Dominique Ansel’s Cronut is set to change monthly and we were very excited about trying their Salted Butterscotch addition. It had a lovely texture and was very decadent – our favourite dish of the day! I can see why people have been going crazy for them.
We needed something savoury after all of that sugar so we ordered the Kedgeree Croquettes and the Welsh Rarebit Croissant. The Croquettes were very rich, yet delicious and the croissant didn’t disappoint either. The balance of hot mustard, cheese and dense layers of pastry was perfect.
Unfortunately, we were so full we had to take the Honey tart home with us, which came in a very sophisticated cake box. I will definitely be visiting again, as I want to try the ‘DKA’ – Dominique’s Kouign Amann – caramelised on the outside with flaky layers within. Apparently, Ansel eats one every day for breakfast. If that’s not a good enough recommendation, I don’t know what is.
Find the Dominique Ansel Bakery at 17-21 Elizabeth St, London SW1W 9RP
Catherine | Project Coordinator & PA to Director