I just tried a little bit of heaven
I am on a quest to find some great individual pastries to serve at our 50th anniversary party in October. I don't want the usual cake. I have tried the bakery at 99 Ranch on Del Mar and Valley. They are good. I tried Diamond Bakery. Not as good as 99 Ranch. Kind of dry. Then I remembered an article that I cut out of the Tribune some time ago about RJ Patisserie. There are two locations. We went to the Arcadia location. It is in a small strip mall inside of a food court. Very small bakery. The minute we walked in, I spotted the most beautiful cakes and knew I was on to something. We ordered a chocolate mousse, a mango and a mixed fruit tart. They are all so beautifully decorated. The minute we got into the car, we pulled out the chocolate and I took the first bite. I thought I died and went to heaven. It was a deep chocolate outside and a creamy delicious very chocolate mousse inside. My honey, who is not as prone to going into moans of ecstasy with food had to let out a sigh of delight when he finally got his bite. I had to pull it away from him and put it back into the box since we were on our way to Tops for a Kobe burger and I didn't want him to overdose. We haven't tried the other two yet but I can only say there is no where to go but up farther into heaven when we sink our choppers into those little charms. I say to anyone who is looking for something very special, give this bakery a try. I don't think it will dissapoint. (Not cheap tho').
1220 S. Golden West Ave.
1635 Azusa Ave
Open 10:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sun - Thurs and until 10:00 p.m. Fri and Sat
Just a warning-if you're planning on placing a special order, be VERY careful. I ordered 3 cakes to bring to an anniversary party. I went in person, chose the cakes, and placed the deposit. The day of the event, I went - they insisted that the cakes were on order for the following day. They apologized and said it was a mistake on their end. We ended up picking up a large assortment of premade cakes. They applied our deposit to the order.
The following day, they called my cell phone repeatedly telling me that my cakes were ready for pick up. I explained the situation, they insisted that we still come and pick up the cakes since they were made just for us. They called my cell phone over three times in one day. They called the following day as well....I stopped answering at that point.
This was the Azusa Blvd. location.
The cakes are pretty good, but nowhere near as good as Jin Patisserie. Try them next time you're in the Abbott Kinney area of Venice.
The Illy coffee at RJ's was really good though. I enjoyed it more than I did the dessert.
Another place for beautifully precious things that taste great is Patisserie Chantilly in Lomita. The goods are Japanese-inspired French pastries and desserts. Very much in the vein of Asian tastes where things aren't too sweet but wonderful to behold for the quality of ingredients and effort put into their creations, Chantilly has some fantastic desserts, but are probably most known for their cream puffs, especially their black sesame ones. Give them a whirl if you get a chance and get their house coffee while waiting for them to fill your cream puff order as they make them after you order them to preserve their freshness. They should be eaten as soon as possible, but realistically can hold up for about 3-5 hours if kept at the right temperature.