Friday, July 08, 2011

Jin Patisserie


Venice, CA. Abbot Kinney is a very posh and electric mix of high-end boutiques. After an exhausting day of shopping, or window-shopping for those of us who can't afford $400 plastic chairs, it would only seem suitable to have luxurious moment of serenity. Jin Patisserie offers exactly that, plus macaroons!

With its high fence it's almost easy to pass by this chic teahouse, but peak your head inside and you'll find a unique blend of Japanese, English, and French sensibilities. The first thing you’ll notice is the outdoor seating surrounding a small tranquil Zen garden. Next you’ll see various patrons enjoying their afternoon tea. Finally your eyes will land on the delicious and vibrant petits fours sitting atop almost every table.

I came here with my friend, originally for lunch, but we forfeited the idea for teatime instead once we saw the charming arrangement of finger foods. We split the “Afternoon Tea” which for $19.00 provides a pot of tea with egg finger sandwiches, two scones, quiche, a slice of butter cake, a jelly candy, and four small mini sweet pastries. While the set is intended for one person, it’s great for sharing and kept the visit around $13 each.

Each item can be consumed in one or two bites; four if you want to really relish the confections. The egg salad sandwich is very mild, similar to the type of egg salad you make at home. The butter cake and scones are great little bites that go well with the preserves and clotted cream provided. The quiche has a little kick to it and is the most savory of the bunch. The petits fours are so beautifully crafted you will want to take a moment to admire them before you pop them in your mouth.

Green Tea
The selection of teas was daunting, and we deferred to our server for the best pairing with our food. She chose a green tea for us, which is not the most popular, but her personal favorite. The tea was soothing and a good palate cleanser in-between the sweet and savory morsels.

Vanilla and Sea Salted Caramel Macaroons
We finished off our little retreat at Jin Patisserie with a sea salt caramel and a vanilla macaroon. I have long been skeptical of the macaroon craze, but the ones I had here finally made me a fan. The cookies were delicate, yet crunchy, while the cream filling was abundantly rich and sweet. The favors were strong, and you got a great burst of salted caramel or vanilla when you got to the middle.

Jin Patisserie is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, and even the vibrant spirit of Venice, where you can have quite little moment to enjoy some quality tea and a few small delicious bites. It’s bliss.

Jin Patisserie
1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 399-8801

4 Responses so far.

  1. Wow, that's AWESOME, will for sure check it out. Thanks

  2. Those egg finger sandwiches look great! I have yet to try a macaroon! GASP! I know it is terrible! I would love to try that orange one! YUM!

    Heather @

  3. Andrew Y. says:

    Macaroons are so popular across LA, but this place is known for them!

  4. Yea I was pretty surprised that I jumped on the Macaroon bandwagon. Oh well, at least I didn't join the overhyped red velvet cupcake or bacon in everything crowd.

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