Tucked behind a modern cement facade, Jin Patisserie is a garden oasis in a sea of eclectic store fronts. Kristy Choo, a Singaporian woman who was inspired by her regular trips to Japan as a flight attendant, moved to San Francisco and studied pastry at the California Culinary Academy. Now she reigns over her intimate tearoom among the trend setting shops on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, CA, where "cakes and chocolates have become her primary means of expression."
A light lunch and afternoon tea are part of the small menu, but the desserts are the main attraction. Designed as small jewel-like cakes with some intricate lattice work atop and names like passion, splendor and desire (which consists of chocolate from madagascar and vanilla crème brulée) you won't be able to resist trying more than one. My favorite is the Louvre, a milk chocolate pyramid cake of cream and ginger custard with ginger sprinkled on top. It’s a sublime spicy-sweet taste sensation when paired with the Sam Bodhi F.O.P. black tea.
The chocolate truffles include exotic flavors like mango kalamansi, thé des concubine, café rum and earl grey feuilletine and come in paper or silk boxes. Chocolate bars, cookies (try the Ye-Yak, a shortbread made from a family recipe, and the chunky cornflake) and French macaroons are also outstanding. Can't make it to Venice? Many items are available to order online.
1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
Contributed by Michael Kucmeroski