For the longest time I have been enviously following Dominique Ansel on Instagram – poring over photos of cronuts, tarts, and other confectionary delights from his various establishments across the globe.
Wandering London during the crisp, cold Easter weekend, I decided to tick the bakery off my ever-growing wish-list.
Walking through the vibrant archway of flowers I was drawn immediately to the glass counter displaying an inviting melange of croissants, macarons, pavlovas, brownies, cannelés, cakes, and tarts.
After a few minutes of pondering, I firmly decided it was time to try my first ever cookie shot. Dominique Ansel serves a moist, soft chocolate chip cookie shaped as a shot glass, filled with cold Tahitian vanilla milk.
The milk is undeniably the unsung hero here – it’s deliciously wholesome and comforting. I made sure to slowly savour and sip the milk, and afterwards I was left with a hollow cookie shot glass lined milk chocolate to enjoy.
I was lucky during this busy weekend to secure myself a table along the beautiful flower-wall; which is situated right at the back in the conservatory area. If you do happen upon Dominique Ansel, this is definitely where you should try and sit in order to enjoy a superior experience.
For a bakery that serves such lovely, picture-worthy fare, I couldn’t help but feel the customer experience was sub-par in comparison. This is the only aspect I’d change.
The bakery seating is quite cramped, and without any sort of seating procedure guests are constantly waiting to pounce on any table about to become free. Once you order you’re given a table number on a stick; a-la Nando’s, and when your order does arrive it comes in chipped and stained crockery or paper plates, with no cutlery, and no napkins.
Based on my experience at the bakery, if they would just take a little more care over the customer experience from beginning to end, it would absolutely elevate it for me to a return-worthy venture.
Overall the Dominique Ansel Bakery London promises a food-porn worthy outing and delivers on taste.