Having just returned from a fairly lengthy sojourn to France, I consider myself to be somewhat of an expert on croissants. (That, and I’ve also been eating them since I could put food in my mouth of my volition.) And I will admit that the iconic symbols of French breakfast rolls I ate while I was there were pretty darn good—heck, if I didn’t know any better, I might even say they were the best anywhere. But that’s the thing—I DO know better, because the best croissant in the world isn’t in the country where it was invented. No sir—the absolute pinnacle of this flaky, buttery piece of baked heaven can only be found in one place halfway around the world. That place is Lauderdale, a smallish café located next to the Roppongi Hills shopping, office and residential complex in Tokyo. Just order one and see for yourself—you’ll thank me.
But here’s the kicker—croissants aren’t even the specialty of the house! How is this even possible, you ask? What could possibly trump this tribute to Gallic gastronomic genius, pray tell? Well, in a word, soufflés. Of every kind imaginable. Sweet ones, salty ones, ones with apples, ones with ham—the list goes on, and so will your gasps of oral delight as you find yourself unable to stop stuffing your face with them. (The pancakes are pretty stellar, too.) Top all this largesse off with free refills of coffee, and you might find yourself hanging around on the deck for the entire morning, able to actually hear your waistline expanding in real-time.