No Cronuts here

For anyone who needs reminding, Cronut is that sinfully genius hybrid between a croissant and a donut, filled with cream and fried in grapeseed oil. A trademark was even registered for its name when it was invented in 2013. Yet the Cronut won’t be part of the offerings at the Dominique Ansel Treehouse. For that, head to the Pimlico bakery.

A treehouse-inspired design reflecting Ansel’s focus on exploration

The two-storey “treehouse” hosts a takeaway bakery boutique with desserts and pastries on the ground floor and a seated bistro in the “treetop canopy” on the upper level. The playful interior design mimics a treehouse with a tree trunk running through the building, and sunken booths upstairs – hence the name of the restaurant.

A focus on savoury pastry techniques

The new space in Covent Garden features Ansel’s first-ever bread programme with daily freshly baked bread, including a sourdough made using a levain first started by the chef in his NYC bakery eight years ago. Savoury pastries galore can be found on the menu: shortcrusts for pies and tarts, handmade pasta such as bonbon-shaped caramel filled with ricotta and cashews, and puff pastry.

We’re most excited to try what we’ll call the NYC Ansel sourdough. And a taste of that bonbon-shaped caramel pasta wouldn’t be too bad either.

Where? 24 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DP

When? It opens on 7th February 2020