Anybody that has been following my blog for a while knows of my love for Japanese cuisine and candies, especially their pastries! (Remember the article we had about Japanese sliced chocolate!) Japan is also home to 2017’s World’s Best Pastry chef: Dominique Ansel!
Internationally famous chef Dominique Ansel has an incredible culinary resume.
He was recently named World’s Best Pastry Chef in the 2017 edition of World’s Best 50 Restaurants awards which were announced in Melbourne Australia. Also his Cronut (a croissant-doughnut hybrid pastry) was selected as one of TIME Magazine’s best inventions of 2013.
RocketNews was invited to the opening of his new store in the high end Ginza Mitsukoshi department store. In Japan, it is common for high end department stores to have high end sweets stores (without eating areas) inside.
Japanese desserts and sweets are known for their level of precise detail and cuteness. When my wife and I visited Japan last year, one of the unforeseen difficulties we found (other than navigating the Tokyo subway system) was my wife’s inability to eat many of the desserts because “they were just too cute!”
Here are just some of the stand-outs from the new store opening!
Mr. Kabuki Melon Bread is filled with both sweet red bean paste (which is better than it sounds) and custard cream and obviously a tribute to traditional Japanese Kabuki.
The Orange Hazelnut Pinwheel is made of brioche, containing chocolate cream and caramelized hazelnuts, topped with orange confit.
The Roasted Tomato Hot Dog Bun is adorable and tasty with soft dough, chocolate ears, eyes and nose, but my wife would not be able to enjoy them…
These yummy Apple Marshmallows are marshmallows covered in caramel and coated with white chocolate. The six-piece set comes in a lovely wooden box, making it perfect as a gift.
The Strawberry and Sake Daruma cake are made in the shape of a traditional Japanese daruma doll and absolutely stunning to look at. The cake is made of strawberry gelée and lime-infused sake mousse covered with chocolate.
Of course pull apart Flower cookies
And last but not least, a Zero Gravity Chiffon Cake that is served in a balloon. Forget a fork as a utensil, this cake comes with a pin to pop the balloon.
Congrats to Chef Dominique for the honor and we look forward to what you dream up next!
Dominique Ansel Bakery Ginza
Address: Tokyo-to Chuo-ku Ginza 4-6-16 Ginza Mitsukoshi Department Store B2F
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