Redondo Beach, California
March 20, 2005
Okay, so this isn't in or adjacent to Redondo Beach, but Jin Patisserie was so good, I needed to write it up!
I can't remember where or when I learned about Jin Patisserie -- probably through one of the online tea room listings. It's not a place for a tradional British tea as so many tea rooms do them -- no frilly hats or English bone china cups -- although they do serve afternoon tea.
Dave and I did actually order the afternoon tea, although there was a mouthwatering selection of various pastries exhibited in the case in the small room just inside the house. (Note that the majority of the seating is in the Japanese garden/front yard, with a few chairs and tables on the porch and one small table for two inside the house (same room as the register and pastry case). I assume the rest of the small converted bungalow is used for running the business and food preparation.
Tea consisted of your choice of tea (small teapot -- I ordered a green tea) or -- and here traditionalists cringe -- coffee (two cups Americano, just about the strongest coffee I've ever tasted -- Dave loved it); tea sandwiches (Dave had egg salad, I had chicken salad; both were two simple rectangles of white bread and sandwich filling, but very tasty); two scones with Devon cream and raspberry preserves; a spinach/egg savory tart; and an assortment of sweets, including lime meringue cookies, two spongy cookies, a chocolate mocha torte, a mango cream tart, a green tea mousse tart, and a small jasmine chocolate truffle/candy. The sweets were bite-sized for Dave, two bites for me, but I was very full by the end of the tea, even after sharing with Dave.
Highly recommended -- even Dave wants to go back! They also have large pastries, cakes (including custom), and full sandwiches and salads available. Parking can be difficult -- street only. There are many quaint shops to peruse before or after your meal.
From journal Living in Redondo Beach