To have 7 outlets of Gontran Cherrier in Tokyo where excellent food is abundant is a testament to how outstanding the breads are.
Gontrol Cherrier is a 4th generation baker who has trained in Michelin-starred kitchens, under the tutelage of Greats such as Alain Passard.
Since then, he has published recipe books and appeared on TV shows, becoming a celebrity chef on his own right.
In 2010, he first opened his own shop in Paris. Soon, he opened Tiong Bahru Bakery (TBB) in Singapore but he has parted ways with TBB, dissociating himself with the brand, which may account for the deteriorating standards of TBB.
In fact, even if you have eaten at TBB in the beginning, it is still worth paying Gontran Cherrier Tokyo a visit because, as many blogs have mentioned, the standards are different. I guess Gontran Cherrier is like a pugilist master in a wuxia novel, imparting only 90% of the skills to his students, keeping 100% of his own skills to open his shop.
His signatures are croissant, pain au chocolat, and kouign-amann. Each croissant is 16cm in length, 7cm in height, and 9cm in width, weighing 57g. It is amazingly crispy, and just buttery enough that the flavor dances in the mouth, but isn’t heavy.
There are also some flavors that are specially created for the Tokyo shops such as matcha croissant.
Gontran Cherrier Tokyo is a bakery that many Singaporeans go. Meet your fellow Singaporeans at Gontran Cherrier Tokyo! We all love meeting fellow Singaporeans abroad, right?
One reason is because Singaporeans are familiar with the name. Another reason is that Japanese doesn’t really have breakfast food; they eat rice for breakfast, and Singaporeans aren’t used to having rice flour breakfast. So Gontran Cherrier Tokyo is really one of the few options for breakfast.
Go for it if you stay near to one of the outlets. We enjoyed the breads and coffee very much but don’t need to visit it on purpose. Bread is just bread, right?
How to Get to Gontran Cherrier Tokyo Shinjuku. Google Maps is cranky in Tokyo. The best way to get to the bakery is to spot the Shinjuku Station JR Line (shown in the photo above). If you’re facing the station like in the photo, the bakery is on the right. The bakery is NOT in the station; it is in another 2-storey building on its own.
Gontran Cherrier Tokyo
Shinjuku Southern Terrace 2-2-1 Yoyogi Shibuya-ku (next to Shinjuku station, South exit)
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.