Another NY brand we visited that day was Dominique Ansel’s new bakery at Omotesando.
It was the opening day and we braced ourselves for the waiting time.
Looks can be deceiving. That’s not the line.
Here is the line on the streets. There’s another snaking line on the parking lot beside the shop.
And a line inside the shop.
This line is just for the first floor food items. Don’t line up there if you wish to eat at the cafe– there is no (snaking) line for that. The menu, however, is different and you cannot order first floor items.
The cakes and baked goodies better be great!
This Kouign Amann was worth lining up for. They gave tasters while we were lined up.
Here’s another look– such a happy pile of bread
Madeleines that were given out as well. Real good!
Almond croissants on display. Sadly the famous Cronuts were no longer available.
Matcha Monaka Cookie which is only available in Tokyo.
Display of cakes and pastries to try out! The cat is made of creampuffs; Tokyo Brest (instead of Paris); pine cone gingerbread cake; lime tart; sunflower tart; Chocolate cake with mousse; The fluffy cheesecake; and caramel eclair.
On this side, you’ll find the chocolate eclair, a 25 layer apple gratin, the lychee and coconut pavlova, cherry tart, and tiramisu.
Of the three cakes we tried, I liked the Sunflower Tart the best because the sunflower part is made with mango strips. It reminds me of home! 🙂 The rest were too sweet for me! Oh my gosh, I think my tastebuds turned Japanese!
The Lychee Young Coconut Pavlova was packed with fruits which was great. The meringue shell, though, was cloyingly sweet. It was dusted with gold leaf though so you feel a bit royal eating this pavlova.
The lime tart was interesting– you pour out the sugar mixture resting on the white chocolate curl then squeeze the lime on the cake to get an instant caramel. However, I felt that the citrus flavor was too strong. In any case, I like this better than the pavlova!
Frozen S’mores are made to order. They torch the mallows right in front of you. It is of course best eaten soon after.
I liked this dessert for the multiple textures on each bite.
Another made to order dessert is the cookie shot.
That’s the creative chef right there. He was so down to earth and friendly. He was on the street watching the dancers perform (they hired some to keep the waiting people entertained). No one else bothered him– I took the chance and asked for an Anselfie (his term). Hooray for Japanese shyness/politeness!
Fyi, they serve the cookie shot at 3pm onwards. The interactive part makes this quite popular but it’s not something I would go back for. Again, I found this a tad too sweet. As with everything though, you got to try it once.New Open (I think this is purposely on Japanese English ‘coz it is easier for locals to understand, no?)
The staff all speak English so it’s really not a problem if you can’t speak Nihongo. And if you want to speak Tagalog, look for Maria Cristina– the friendly server who handed us the freebies while waiting in line.
They really know how to take care of guests 🙂 They gave face misters, water, and umbrella to anyone who needed them.
Worth a try if there’s no line. We wouldn’t try this stunt again. Not in the near future anyway!