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Hidden gem - Jeema bakery (Drewry & Yonge)


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Hidden gem - Jeema bakery (Drewry & Yonge)

oohlala | Jan 9, 2009 12:49 PM

Was on my way to this family style Korean restaurant and spotted this little tiny Persian bakery in the same plaza. First thing that popped into my mind about Persian sweets is just pastry drenched in lots of gooey honey. Being a hater of honey overdosed pastry, I did not feel like wasting my time. However, my SO couldn't help with the curiosity and ended up dragging me into the tiny shop.

Drab decor, but we were there for the food, so whatever. We ended up buying 4 different items, apricot pie, date pie, date cookie, and baklava. Both pies are fresh and dense. Date cookie is fully stuffed with diced persian dates in the centre. The cookie was huge and coule easily be eaten as a breakfast itself. Baklava is THE BEST baklava i've ever tasted. Unlike all the baklava I've tried, this one is crispy (even after couple of days), with subtle flavours of rose water, nuts, and honey. The best thing from the bakery is that none of the items is toothachingly sweet!

Went back again couple of weeks later and tried out more things. This giant donut with cream custard inside is the best donut i've ever had; however, i did not see the donut during my 1st visit, it is possible the store carries different selections on different days. Also tried their walnut cookie, which has a hint of ginger in it.

I do hope this bakery gets more support from its neighbourhood. I will try to get the exact address and phone # next time I visit. Wish everyone will get a chance to give this place a try.

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