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Dec 27, 2011 05:04 PM

After the movie at the Royal: Emils Bakery, Naan Shack and a frozen yoghurt

After seeing a few thoughtful movies at the Royal these past weeks, Mme Zoe, Chowpup and I have repaired to Emils for a coffee, ginger tea and a slice of something wonderful (they really do have unbelievably good cakes (pastries not top of the line but the cakes and slices are). After sitting on the long couch discussing life and art or something like that, we moved on the the Naan Shack next door and took home an armful of long Persian bread and then yesterday, a pizza which we eat in the car. Top it off with a yoghurt from the corner shop next door - $2.95 for a huge dish. Parking in front on weekends or before 4.

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    1. re: pizzafreak

      I think the places ZoeZ mentioned Emil's, Naan Hut and Froplay are listed below....

      Emil's Swiss Pastry
      11551 Santa Monica Blvd 90025, Los Angeles, CA 90025

      Naan Hut
      11551 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

      Froplay Yogurt
      11551 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

      1. re: pizzafreak

        Sorry for that - I thought the list picked up the address - which it has now.

        Kevin: we are trying the kababs next week, will report.

      2. I haven't tried the Naan Shack yet, It's a Persian joint, right?

        How's the naan? and have you tried the kababs there too, any good?

        also, right next door to the Royal theater is Churros Calientes, which are ok (though on my one visit the churros were good,t hough the cappachino was nothing special and way too piping hot). those storefronts are all relatively new under a new mixed-used development if im not too mistaken.

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        1. re: kevin

          I tried the churros at Churros Calientes a few months ago. An order of six very thin, about 6 inch long churros was $3.95, if I recall correctly. They were served in a paper cone inside a metal frame, and were hot, crisp on the outside, and properly cinnamon-sugar coated. They were a little too slender for the proper contrast between the crisp coating and the soft interior, but they were good. Unfortunately, parking is too scarce in that stretch of Santa Monica Blvd. and they were a bit pricy for me to be too eager to return.

          1. re: nosh

            Hey Nosh, you put the nail on the head... It's the contract or surface area (since it's six slender churros rather than one large churro that I'm used to), so there was not enough of that pillowy, soft, meat on the inside of the churro to the crunchy outside.

            And yeah, it is expensive like 5.50 and and another dollar on top for the chocolate sauce to dip it in (which was not that special), maybe I'll give it another shot if I'm feeling virtuous. They also have sandwiches such as milanesa, which I may be curious to try. Parking is pretty tough going in the day time, though at night time it's a breeze just like the ocean breeze.

            1. re: kevin

              I've only been to the churros place once and did have a sandwich. My vague recollection was that it was *very* tasty but still a wee bit overpriced. But a much better value than the churros.

              The churros I had once in Mexico were actually pretty "thin" and fairly crisp all the way through. Perhaps the usual style we see in America is NOT commonly found elsewhere?

        2. Emil's Pastry is next door to the Naan Hut on SM Blvd - no longer at the Barry St. address

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          1. re: ZoeZ

            I updated the link. It may take a while to get approved

            1. re: ZoeZ

              Interestingly enough, the Clementine space used to be a location of Emil's Swiss Pastry.

              I love their chocolate parisian cake.

            2. Naan Hut's sangak is one of my favorite breads. I personally found the kababs to be just okay, but had tried it just once and that was near closing time.

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              1. re: bulavinaka

                Ok, I'll definitely try the sangak bread.