Tokyo's croissant ranking
My experience of making croissants was great but not perfect, so before I manage to make the best croissants in town, I am still looking for the best you can buy. You know, the one that are light and buttery, crispy outside and melty inside, well... THE perfect croissant. Hunting truly delicious croissants in Tokyo is as difficult as in Paris and I must admit. There are really a lot of bakeries that make croissants, and I've tried quite a lot of places already. In many places the taste of butter is not present, in others they top the croissant with some sirup making them too sweet, and sometimes they just have the appearance but nothing for the tate. Here is my list of bakeries in Tokyo making "real" croissants with hopefully a permanent address (a lot of shops move, open, close in a short time so it's hard to track them):
1. Johan (in Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi, but there are some other places for sure)
2. Le grenier a pain near Hanzomon
3. Kobeya kitchen at Hiroo crossing
4. Vie de France (pretty much everywhere near a train station)
There might be some local stores I haven't tried yet, so if you have a good address let me know!!!
There are a few big names in the bakery market but for croissant you can forget about Paul (never liked them, even in Paris), Viron (too dry and crispy, baked too long it seems), Kayser, Le pain quotidien (not fresh enough, and buttery enough)...
I'll keep you updated if I find anything to add to that ranking, but you can send your addresses too and I'll try!