Let’s talk about the Dominique Ansel Bakery in London. I’ve been there twice. The first time I went. I went to try the very instagrammable Soft Serve Watermelon Ice Cream. I didn’t sit in when I first went. For my second trip, we decided to have a proper sit down meal, as they do savouries too. (If you want to find out what to order and not an overall review. Scroll down. We have a list)
My sit down meal at Dominique Ansel Bakery was very different from my first experience. My first sit down experience wouldn’t bring me back to eat in. The reason for that? Their service doesn’t do their food justice.
First off, the queue to order took 10 minutes, which was partly due to the amount of people ordering. Plus, the fact that there was only 1 person serving, which also included packing the takeaway items, that people ordered. Secondly, we wanted to order the fish and chips, which we only found out was sold out, as ordering. When asked if there was anything else sold out, the server didn’t know, and looked disinterested. Once we found out what was still available, after going through the menu with the server, the ordering process was fine. Thirdly, the whole time we were there, tables were hardly ever cleaned. Many customers, including ourselves, cleaned up after the previous customers.
We didn’t order dessert with our mains, we should of, as we had to queue up for another 10 minutes to order. Considering there was a constant stream of customers, a second server wasn’t available, even though they have two tills.
As I mentioned earlier the service doesn’t do the Dominique Ansel food justice. The food would be the only reason why I would return. They have lots of food options available, so to help you with your decision, here are 7 Things To Eat At Dominique Ansel Bakery London… and remember order it to takeout!
7 Things To Eat At Dominique Ansel Bakery London
Chicken Pork Belly Pot Pie
What’s not to love about a pie with pork belly?! I’m a massive fan of pastry, chicken, and pork belly. So this was an obvious second choice for me. Although, I don’t know why I originally wanted fish and chips! Anyway, the pastry was that great mix of crispy and light. It wasn’t in the slightest bit doughy. The chicken was moist. Which isn’t always the case with chicken in pies. The pork belly was a little on the light side. I would have preferred more. The sauce was delicious. All in all, I really enjoyed this pie, and would totally order it again.
This must be a Dominique Ansel Bakery favourite. The amount of people ordering this cake was outstanding. Sadly, I didn’t order it for myself, but my partner in crime did. So, I was able to have a little bite. Which gave me major food envy. As the chocolate was intense. But intense in a good way. The mini meringues were light and sweet. Perfect to take the edge off the intense chocolate taste. I’m ordering it the next time I visit.
Paris – London
This was my first try of a Paris-Brest. This little beauty is made from choux pastry, in the shape of a wheel. Apparently, a Paris-Brest was first created in 1910, to commemorate the Paris–Brest–Paris bicycle race. Usually, the Paris-Brest is made with a praline flavoured cream. But, the Dominique Ansel Bakery version, is made with Earl Grey mousse, lemon curd and blackberry ganache. And what a delicious combination it was! It wasn’t overly sweet, the pastry is a as light as you would imagine, and the flavour combination worked in perfect harmony. This is definitely for those who like a sweet treat but not one that’s overly sweet.
I find that bakeries like Dominique Ansel usually lack in the beverage stakes. However, the coffee here is pretty good. Nice, strong and fruity.
Soft Serve Watermelon Ice Cream
I absolutely love this ice cream. I mean love it. The watermelon ice cream tastes exactly what you’d expect it to taste like. Fresh, light and hydrating. It’s also a lot creamier than I thought it would be. Plus, it tastes exactly like watermelon. I loved it so much I wrote a whole blog post about it. Check out Soft Serve Watermelon Ice Cream Is Now In London to find out more.
I have not tried the Dominique Ansel Cronut, but I can only imagine that they will be 100% tastier than, all the copycats out there. The fact that they are constantly sold out should be proof enough. From their Instagram account, they come in lots of flavours, and I can’t wait to try them. Get there early. As they sell out extremely quickly.
Their outside space, looks pretty nice with marble tables and a flower wall. So, you can take some good insta pictures. All in all. Dominique Ansel Bakery is good if you are only going for the food. If you can, takeout, as the service is lacking.
I’m Heather, Hetty is a nickname, given to me by my besties daughter. I’m a Social Media Recruiter by day and a foodie by night, weekend and any time i’m not working. My main hobby is searching London for food I find on the Internet.