Pastry chef Dominique Ansel has opened his first international flagship in Tokyo, Japan, in partnership with Transit General Group and TSI Holdings (together they not only operate some of the top fashion brands in the world, but also have created amazingly thoughtful and first tiered service food establishments, according to Ansel).
“We’re so excited to bring a little bit of New York and Paris to Tokyo,” Ansel says. “But we will also create something distinctive just for the people in Japan. Creativity and hard work is at the heart of everything we do. And we will personally see to it. This will be our first store outside New York and our second shop ever. We work conservatively and with dedication. One good store is worth 100 bad ones.”
The shop opened June 20 in the Omotesando Hills area of Tokyo. According to Eater.com, chef de cuisine Laurie Jon Moran is helping Ansel get launched in Tokyo. The recent Tokyo transplant has been the executive pastry chef at Le Bernardin in New York and at Quince in San Francisco. He was also Ansel's sous chef back at Daniel, where Ansel and Moran helped the restaurant earn three Michelin stars.
The Tokyo menu includes New York pastry favorites, like Cronuts and the DKA, and also features Japan-specific treats: a puff pastry maneki neko (good luck cat) filled with yuzu cream, a chestnut wagashi filled with vanilla cream, orange marmalade, and meringue. The bakery also features an extensive all-day savory menu.