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Tokyo style breads and pastries in LA?

sdiddy Apr 17, 2013 07:28 PM

All I just got back from Tokyo and had breads and pastries that changed my life. They were danish style but japanese execution. The biggest thing was how light and flaky they were compared to american. I MUST FIND something like these! I went to copenhagen in Culver city and it was easily twice as sweet and three ttimes the weight aand richness of the same size cinnamon roll in Tokyo. Felt sick after i ate it. Any ideas???

  1. ipsedixit Apr 17, 2013 07:34 PM

    Have you tried any number of the Japanese bakeries in Little Tokyo? Like Frances or Yamazaki?

    1. J.L. Apr 17, 2013 08:56 PM

      Frances Bakery (Little Tokyo), and Patisserie Chantilly (Lomita)...

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        kevin Apr 18, 2013 05:47 PM

        Do they still serve those perfect chocolates at Frances bakery ?

        Those were the greatest.

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          ns1 Apr 18, 2013 05:56 PM

          chocolates yes, are they perfect no idea.

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            kevin Apr 18, 2013 06:24 PM

            I thought they were perfect, or rather almost perfect.

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              ns1 Apr 18, 2013 06:32 PM

              duly noted next time I go. I was not too impressed with the macarons.

        2. re: J.L.
          mstinawu Apr 19, 2013 05:49 PM

          Love Chantilly.. Everything there is light and beautiful!

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            blimpbinge Apr 19, 2013 05:57 PM

            Yes, Chantilly is very good!

            Now I need to try Frances Bakery..

        3. liu Apr 17, 2013 09:10 PM

          Next weekend, April 26 thru April 28, Mitsuwa is having their Japanese Sweets Festival.

          I do not know what kind of sweets, but it might be worth checking out:


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            EricDC Apr 19, 2013 09:34 PM

            Ehh... It looks to be tinned stuff you can give as gifts.


          2. A5 KOBE Apr 17, 2013 09:30 PM

            Cream Pan in Orange.

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              JAB Apr 18, 2013 06:41 AM

              It's in Tustin and besides their deservedly famous strawberry croissants, I haven't found anything else that I've tried there worthwhile.

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                kevin Apr 18, 2013 05:47 PM

                You beat me to the punch on Cream Pan.

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                  A5 KOBE Apr 19, 2013 09:27 PM

                  The Japanese donut is pretty good too but I love their Korokke Pan.

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              ilysla Apr 17, 2013 10:16 PM


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                happybaker Apr 18, 2013 11:14 AM

                The pastries at Hygge are surprisingly light and, depending on what you order, not too sweet.


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                  kainzero Apr 18, 2013 11:48 AM

                  Are you talking about places like Andersen in Ueno Station?

                  Although not Japanese, you might want to look into places like 85 Degrees and JJ Bakery. Tous Les Jours is also an option. There is place called Montmartre in Rolling Hills Plaza, but I haven't been there.

                  Hamadaya inside of the Torrance Mitsuwa also has breads and pastries, but all the items are in a display case so it's different from the normal Asian style bakery where you walk around with a tray and get your favorite breads.

                  Patisserie Chantilly and Bonjour in Torrance are cake places and not really bread places. They're both fantastic, though.

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                    sdiddy Apr 18, 2013 12:43 PM

                    YES!!! Andersen was my morning ritual every morning in tokyo. I couldnt get enough of their light as air cinnamon rolls, cherry tarts, and breads. I miss them so much!

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                      kainzero Apr 18, 2013 11:33 PM

                      I haven't seen cinnamon rolls at any of the bakeries I listed. There might be some at Tous Les Jours.

                      But yeah, those are the ones I think of when I think of Asian-style bakeries. I'm not sure if they'll have what you want or if they're to your taste, though.

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                    bulavinaka Apr 18, 2013 12:35 PM

                    While visiting Japan last summer, I was surprised to see the number of non-French Euro-style bakeries and counters. Having tried a few, I haven't come upon anything like those here. Not that I've tried or know of all the placws out here, but if there are any, I haven't seen one.

                    Amandine in West LA is one od the breadiest Japanese bakeries where most of their counter products are pastries. The sweetness and other qualities line up with Japanese tastes pretty well. It might be sweeter than you'd hope but it's still worth a try.

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                      kevin Apr 18, 2013 05:47 PM

                      How about Mousse Fantasy on Sawtelle ?

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                        bulavinaka Apr 18, 2013 06:38 PM

                        Too desserty.

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