Brace for a cronut invasion, London: New York-based patissier Dominique Ansel is headed that way. According to the milk and cookie shot inventor's Instagram, a London branch of Dominique Ansel Bakery will open sometime in 2016.
LONDON!! Today is a big day: we're thrilled to announce we'll be opening #DominiqueAnselBakery this year in your neck of the woods! Growing up so close to London, I never had a chance to visit until I was much older and immediately fell in love with the blend of cultures and the spirit of the place. I'm so grateful at the chance to share a little of what I do with you all. We're looking for new culinary talent to join our team and to learn a great deal on our journey. Stay tuned, and we can't wait to meet everyone and do our best for you all. #DABLondon
International expansion is clearly on the forefront of Ansel's mind: The pastry wizard just opened a bakery in Tokyo last summer, kicking things off with a special-to-Japan cronut flavor: Hokkaido milk honey ganache with yuzu lemon cream. Besides the much-imitated cronut, other Ansel innovations have included frozen s'mores, the waffogato (that's waffle + affogato), and a lobster tail-shaped pretzel stuffed with housemade peanut butter and buttercrunch brittle. Ansel also opened a second NYC bakery last year that features an eight-course dessert tasting menu.
Per a rep for Ansel, the bakery is hoping to open "sometime late this summer."