Restaurant Review #12: Jin Patisserie, Venice

Tucked away behind a fence on the most well-traveled portion of Abbot Kinney, you may walk by this pastry shop ten times before you notice it.

A lovely unpretentious courtyard with a fountain and designer stools greets you as you enter the shop. The pastries are beautifully and unusually displayed in display cases built into the walls, as if the pastries were museum pieces or jewelry. The pastries are mostly small, rectangular layered cakes. They come in a wide range of flavors, and aren't overly sweet.

The shop's name accurately reflects both the French and Asian influence in the desserts. Flavor-wise, they don't have as much Asian influence as I had hoped for, nor as much intensity, but they were still quite good and so beautiful I could hardly bear to destroy them with my fork. The pastries are fairly expensive, at about $5 each for a rather small portion, but all purchases are exquisitely wrapped and would make a great unique gift for someone with mellow taste in desserts.

I really wished that the pastries were more flavorful and/or less expensive. However, if you like a dessert that's not overly sweet, you're in luck.

Jin Patisserie
1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291-3366
(310) 399-8801
Website (gorgeous)
Jin Patisserie on Urbanspoon

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