Saturday, April 2, 2016

Dominique Ansel Bakery Tokyo : Return for the Ultimate Brunch

After trying most of the pastries and dinner dishes at DAB, I brought the Family to suss out more savoury dishes that are also available from the same all-day menu. Opened from 9am, the 2F cafe looks a lot brighter and cheerier during the day than my previous visit at night. 

As usual, one will not find typical brunch items such as Scrambled Eggs or Eggs Benedict since the chef-owner is renowned for his idiosyncratic twist. The Molten Egg Omelet Souffle スフレオムレツ(¥1250) resembles a thick, airy version of Chye Poh Neng but the innards are warm and creamy, served with some savoury brown sauce. When a chef names his sandwich as the "Perfect Little Egg Sandwich" (¥800), it had better live up to the name and this proved to be a success story. 


Hugged by two fluffy brioche buns, the cube-shaped omelette tasted like a savoury dashi-based Tamagoyaki and easily beat even those sold from the usual 惣菜屋 (souzai-ya, deli shop). Don't be misled by the name as the size is like a regular Mcburger. 
New items on the menu include the Chicken pot pie チッキンポットパイ (¥1100), which did not leave an indelible impression as much as the Grilled Cheese Sandwich グリールサンドイッチ (¥800) Besides the Perfect Little Egg Sandwich, this spectral union of cheese and egg is another MUST TRY. Golden, crusty on the outside and oozy on the inside, the gooey cheese strands stretched like elastic rubber bands, bringing terrific pleasure as you popped them into your mouth.
On the other hand, the Pain Perdu (¥1000) is has a awkward kueh-like texture that brought a less ephemeral experience than what would have been expected from a classic French toast. Paired with blackberry Rosemary compote and maple mascarpone cream, the portion was more suited for desserts rather than morning feasts. The place was in full pink bloom with rosy hearts decor on the wall and pastries in pink motifs. 

Some truly strict self discipline is required to refrain from ordering them (since everyone was full already) but I could not say no to the crispy Almond Croissant. It was one of the BEST croissant I've had in Tokyo, possessing all the essential qualities that defined a good croissant. If there is no time to dine in for a leisure breakfast, this almond jewel will do the trick. 
Dominique Ansel Tokyo ドミニクアンセルベーカリー
5 Chome-7-14 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Tel: +81 3-3486-1329
Daily: 8am-7pm (9am for 2F Petit Park Menu)

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