Dominique Ansel Bakery London: the sweetest patisserie in Victoria
Dominique Ansel Bakery London is tucked away in a street behind one of the busiest train stations in the city.
This café sits in one of Victoria’s chicest streets, Elizabeth Street, and is a perfect venue for all occasions. It’s also within close proximity of major attractions like Buckingham Palace and the upmarket area of Belgravia.
Discover more of the city’s culinary scene by booking a guided tour. Don’t eat anything beforehand; you’ll want to save space to try everything.
The famous Cronut®
If you’re a connoisseur of pastries and cakes, your taste buds are in good hands at Dominique Ansel. He won the coveted title of World’s Best Pastry Chef in 2017.
Ansel’s also the face behind inventing the famous Cronut®. This croissant and donut creation has since reached global recognition, and Ansel continues to innovate in his pastry skills.
Dominique Ansel Bakery London
It’s safe to say, that if you’re on any sort of diet, leave it at the door. The bakery’s consistently busy, more so on the weekends. However, if you do visit during the week, there’s a good chance to get a table. And take my advice — sit in the outdoor area.
Once inside, the first thing you’ll notice is the wide-open kitchen, and a warm ambience. An aroma of everything sweet, sugary and filling overtakes you, and your belly will start purring to be filled.
The best sugar rush — Dominique Ansel Bakery London
Given its global accolade, it’ll come as little surprise that the most popular item on the menu is the Cronut®. At Dominique Ansel Bakery, they do a new flavor each month, which raises the temptation to return.
At the time of writing, the flavor of the month is sour cherry jam with Muscovado ganache…yum!
“…I chose one of the special Valentine’s patisserie, the ‘I love you berry much pavlova’.”
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Unfortunately, all the cronuts had run out by the time I arrived (2pm). That said, get there early to avoid pastry disappointment.
Instead, I chose one of the special Valentine’s Day patisserie, the ‘I love you berry much pavlova’.
A delicate, yet decadent, patisserie of meringue, strawberries, Mascarpone, ganache and strawberry jam. In short: heaven on a gold plate.
The portion may look small, but the quality’s so good, that it was perfect for me.
A special hot chocolate — Dominique Ansel Bakery London
However, another showstopper here is the Blossoming Hot Chocolate. A bit more expensive than the standard, this hot chocolate isn’t like any other.
It’s made to the same recipe as the Chef’s Hot Chocolate, but with an added touch of a marshmallow flower. A pretty puff of white melts into the chocolate blossoming into a full flower.
Was it worth it? Absolutely, and once the marshmallow melts, it breaks into tiny pieces of marshmallow.
Other decadent pastries
If you haven’t yet reached your sugar peak, there are other items that may interest you. Frozen s’mores are made to order; a classic take on an American dessert.
There’s also the filthy rich Banoffee Paella, which is a twist on the British favorite pie. This version’s served with an airy dulce de leche mousse inside. If you prefer your patisserie on the classic side, you can choose from a rainbow row of macarons.
As I mentioned earlier, there’s a conservatory outdoor area you can sit in all year round. Even during my visit in winter, I found it warm enough beneath the outdoor heaters.
“The backdrop of green foliage and large glass baubles on the ceiling add a romantic flair.”
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The backdrop of green foliage and large glass baubles on the ceiling add a romantic flair.
At Dominique Ansel Bakery London, the people come here to eat expertly-made patisserie. You won’t find lines of instagrammers outside scrambling to take a photo for social media, and leaving straight after.
They’re here for the mind-blowing cakes and pastries — and maybe to also try the Blossoming Hot Chocolate. It’s one café that’s definitely for pastry-loving grown-ups, and I can’t wait to return.
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