February 19, 2011

Amandine Patisserie

Amandine, a cafe+bakery owned by a sweet Japanese family, is one of my favorite places on the Westside to work/ study. Free wi-fi, great selection of teas, and just take a look at the wide array of freshly-baked pastries that you can choose from! If you're not a sweet-tooth kind of person, they offer a respectable list of brunch and lunch options too. Best of all, there's a nice patio out back.

Banana Chocolate Danish
Beneath the lightly toasted almond slices and powdered sugar lay a creme-like banana filling with just the right amount of melted chocolate, all snugly baked in a multi-layer pastry. Ask them to heat it up quickly so you eat it warm.

Pastry and a pot of green tea. Parfait! ("perfect" in French)

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cuisine: American
location: West LA
hours: T-F: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM; Sat: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM; Sun: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
website: Amandine | yelp } 
attire: Casual
parking: Street (metered)
notes: The cafe's hard to miss because it's covered in ivy, but it's right next door to Bar Food and across the street from Hara Sushi. Closed Mondays!