I held out three long weeks before sampling the newest kouign amann in the city.
Friday morning was Breakfast Club with Bennie. We had heard about the perfectly petite egg sandwiches at Soho newcomer Dominique Ansel, which was enough to get us to eschew Peels or Morandi.
And while I wouldn’t turn my nose up at this billowy sandwich smothered in melted Gruyère...
...it clearly took a back seat to the sweets.
Ansel is a former pastry chef at Daniel and Fauchon. Though extremely pricey, his viennoiseries are to die for.
Dominique's Kouign Amanns (DKAs), for example, are the most buttery baked bits you will ever put in your mouth, made chewy and sweet from caramelized sugar.
And the almond croissants are heavy hitters, laden with marzipan and dusted with slabs of sugary crumble and almond slivers.
A brilliant way to begin the day. And clearly...
... the place where I’ll go to pretend I’m in Paris once in awhile.