Sunday, October 28, 2012

A Lovely Breakfast at Dominique Ansel

Hallo, friends !

It certainly is no new news right now that ol' sassy, Superstorm Sandy is nearly upon us, and today was an important day for most of us to purchase rations to ride out the storm.  Since I had bought squashes and free range eggs a'plenty at the farmer's market on Friday, I was fairly confident, that all I needed on this Sunday was some fine French pastries, and there are none too finer than those at Dominique Ansel.

My stomach gladly welcomed the "perfect little egg sandwich," a brioched bundle of joy with a thick square of fluffy, steamed egg and melted gruyere.

I really don't know how they make this egg, but it's quite airy and soft.  Combined with the beautifully buttery housemade brioche, goshdarnit, did this breakfast sandwich live up to its charming name.

Since Dominique Ansel opened, I have stared long and hard at pictures of its namesake pastry DKA (Dominique's Kouign Amman), trying to figure out how exactly this would taste, and how it could possibly be worth $5.25.

Kouign means cake, and amman butter, and the fusion of these two tasty words is a glorious union indeed. If a palmier and a croissant had a fat, happy baby - its name would be DKA. The crust is caramelized sugar, crisp and crackly, yielding to a most soft and moist interior--a ridiculous, buttery belly of deliciousness.   I have no idea if this is worth $5.25. I just know I want another one.  And another after that.

I spotted these thick chocolate rounds under a glass case by the cash register, flourless chocolate pecan cookies, and asked the clerk if they were good.  "They are flourless, so they are quite rich.  It's basically like chocolate on chocolate."  I have never been known to decline compounded chocolate, and I wasn't going to start now.

The cookie is beyond dense - imagine a wonderfully dark-fudgy brownie encased in a crunchy little shell - each bite like pure bittersweet chocolate melting on the tongue.  Perfect with a glass of whole milk (treat yourself !).

On this pre-Sandy afternoon, the bakery was still frequented by many patrons ordering bagfuls of croissants;  I like how people in Soho prepare for superstorms in style !  For a future visit, I'll have to take Diana, since there is a canele here with her name on it !

Han's Nonsensical Rating: Yes, the exquisite, buttery pastries will go straight to your hips, but your weight will be offset by your slightly lighter wallet !  Worth the occasional indulgence !

Dominique Ansel
189 Spring St
New York, NY
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  1. i can't stop looking at that kouign...

  2. haha love the logic in Han's Non-Sensical Rating! :D

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