Sunday, September 28, 2014
Dominique Ansel's Take on the Lobster Tail
Last week, I finally had the opportunity to try Dominique Ansel's sweet lobster tail, which is more of a summertime dessert, but hey...it still feels like summer so I thought, "why not?!" I went in half expecting it to be sold out, as is the case usually with his specialty desserts, but luckily it was available. This undoubtedly made me unapologetically giddy, and I couldn't wait to enjoy the still warm lobster tail confection.
Lobster Tail - There are many delicious components to this dessert, including the warm pretzel bread that's stuffed with peanut butter and butterscotch stuffing and then sprinkled with coarse Maldon salt. I love that the latter brings out the flavors in the dessert without taking away from its sweetness. The crust is slightly crunchy which is nice, and I love the little fin that sticks out at the end, and is super crunchy.
There's a little pot of brown butter honey sauce, which comes on the side and the portion is quite generous. So plentiful in fact that I saved mine for latter, as I was only able to eat only about a quarter of it. The butter was delicate and soft and spread so nicely on the slightly warmed bread. It melted on top and seeped into the delicious contents of the lobster tail, which made it that much more interesting.
Service and Cost:
Since I went in during an off-peak time, the wait was pretty much non existent and I was done with my transaction in a matter of 3 minutes. I took this as an opportunity to eat inside the bakery and even take advantage of their quaint little backspace, which has a part that's covered as well as a portion which is completely outside.
Not surprisingly, this dessert comes at a premium at a whopping $8 a pop, but it's definitely large enough to share with a friend. I brought half of it home for Dan and he was grateful.
Dominique Ansel Bakery - 189 Spring Street, New York NY 10012
E/C Train to Spring Street