We were in Williamsburg for a street art exhibit called Beyond The Streets and so, decided to find a place after seeing the amazing work from the artists. Looking for a place, we stumbled upon Patisserie Tomoko. It was interesting to find such place there, a bit of the beaten path, serving French and American dessert with a Japanese touch, creation of Chef Tomoko who I admit has an impressive resume, having worked at Le Bernardin, Bouley and The Russian Tea Room.
This is not that big and, instead of sitting at a table, you would sit around a horseshoe counter, watching the Chef and her staff making delicious treats. We hesitated between getting their dessert course that is a small tasting menu or picking few items. We went for the latter, hesitating a bit because of the mouth watering choices in front of our eyes. Chocolate banana tart? Mille crepe? No, we finally tried their donut with yuzu glaze, a nice Japanese twist to a classic American cake, although I admit that I was not as fond as I thought of that combination.
The chestnut cake was amazing, even better than the Mont-Blanc at Lady M that is a bit too sweet. The cream was light, topping a fantastic almond base.
And of course, we got their cream puff, a classic in Japanese deliciousness that I discovered at Beard Papa on the Upper West Side few years ago (well, if I discard the French choux a la creme).
With our treats, we got a mocha chai latte and an iced Americano that was a bit small for the price, the metal cup being filled with lots of ice cubes…
So it was a nice discovery and I would definitely go back to Patisserie Tomoko if I am in Williamsburg, maybe after indulging a bit at Smorgasburg. Hopefully we will see an outpost at some point in New York City.
Enjoy (I did)!
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Patisserie Tomoko - 568 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY11211