Ansel London

Dominique Ansel Bakery is planning to open its first location in London.
Dominique Ansel Bakery is planning to open its first location in London in 2016, according to several published reports and an Instagram post by the New York City retail bakery.

Dominique Ansel, who created the widely popular Cronut, among other inventive desserts, reported that he is excited to be opening in London. Ansel grew up in France where he learned the art of laminated doughs and pastry arts.

In 2015, The James Beard award-winning pastry chef opened a Tokyo location, which features many of the same pastries that are famous as his Soho location in New York City; some with a twist.

Available only in Japan, the Paris Tokyo, for example, is a twist on the traditional Paris Brest with matcha ganache and a soft passion fruit curd. Another Tokyo exclusive, the Monaka Cookie features a crispy monaka shell and a moist matcha financier cookie.

Expect to see similar innovation with popular flavors in London integrated into future desserts at the London location.

While the Cronut is perhaps Ansel’s most famous item, the DKA remains the most popular seller in New York, actually outselling the Cronut by almost three times. Short for “Dominique’s Kouign Amann,” it is best described as a “caramelized croissant” with a crispy sugary crust and tender flaky layers within.