Minoo Bakery

Written by on January 16, 2011 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(minoobakery.com) – Lake City

How I heard of this place: Several years ago, when Minoo first opened shop on Lake City Way, I was told by several of my Persian friends that it had to be sampled! We went in for a pastry and came out with a treasure chest of sweet goodies to share!

Type of cuisine: Seattle’s only Persian bakery, the light desserts are comparable to Japanese and Parisian pastries. Everything from cookies, to sugar coated sweet dough (zoolbieh) and roulettes, pistachio covered, chocolate drizzled and served with tea or espresso beverages. Whole cakes can be purchased, ordered, and taken to go to dazzle and amaze guests or be presented as a gift for a housewarming or some other personal invitation.

Ambiance: Simple, casual and more of a take-away establishment than a sit-down and dine cafe. The pastry case is abundantly full of desserts that strike patrons, yet make decision-making difficult. Brightly colored, with a large kitchen in the back, two available tables for in-house seating and dining, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows along the store-front. Set at the ground floor of an apartment building, the small cafe caters to many local businesses and provides a quick stopping point for picking up desserts to go.

What I ordered: Pari, our dining companion, urgently pulled over as we were headed home from a junior youth group at Tent City 3 in Maple Leaf because we simply could not go any farther without sampling the simple, rose-water-hinted cream-filled roulette and a cup of unsweetened, freshly prepared Persian tea. So that is exactly what we got, all four of us.

What I loved: I love that the cakes and cookies are not overly sweet and provide a balanced snack with the tea to perk you up during the mid-afternoon slump.

Why I loved it: Simple, casual and friendly service make this an easy place to stop and enjoy a sweet bite with friends.

Cost: Seeing as how we were so generously treated to our tea and crumpets, I am unable to provide the cost details, but know that a full roulette can be purchased for a mere $12-$14.

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