After extensive research ;-).
I have settled on my favorite (non-Italian) Boston area pastry shop.
I have been to:
- Sel de la Terre
- and many others
Yesterday I returned to Athan's in Brookline and it is the clear winner as far as I am concerned.
(Modern in the North End is my favorite Italian. But Athan's is as good as Modern in it's own way.)
If you want Paris/Vienna style pastries, Athan's wins.
It is ironic as I think the owners are Greek. Some of the cookies and a few of the pastries show the Greek influence, but they do pastries and cakes that are pure Paris/Vienna school.
I had the Jamaica the other day which is a cherry chocolate mouse in a dark chocolate shell with an excellent preserved cherry on top. It was sublime. Good rich bittersweet mouse with a cherry twinge.
They did not have anything with hazelnut filling, my ultimate test, but the Jamaica alone was better then any chocolate mouse pastry I have had in Boston. A few local restaurants have sweets at this level.
I have had other cakes from Athans in the past and they are all superb. Nowhere else in Boston even comes close for high end european style pastries.
Need to get there more often!
Cakes Biscuits & Chocolates
1621 Beacon Street