Laleh Bakery

Written by on May 11, 2013 in I Eat Canada, I Eat...Out, Persian with 0 Comments

(No website found at time of publishing) – Central Lonsdale area of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

How I heard of this place: After a glorious lunch at Cazba, we walked around the corner to Laleh Bakery, where the smell of fresh-baked pastries wafted through the air.

Laleh Bakery

Type of cuisine: A Persian bakery which offers traditional cookies, cakes, pastries, nuts and seeds in bulk, including other Persian/Iranian goods.

Laleh Bakery Display

The Foodosophy website offers a perfect depiction of these Persian delicacies: “North Vancouver’s Laleh Bakery specializes in Persian cookies that you serve to accompany traditional afternoon tea. These melt-in-your-mouth treats pair well with tea drinking.

Laleh Bakery Pastry

They come in a variety of textures that complement the ritual – often slightly dry, flakey, and grainy – with crunchy punctuation provided by walnuts, or pistachios.

Laleh Bakery Nokhodchi

Some are sticky sweet, or are covered in powdered sugar. 

Laleh Bakery Sweet Flowers

Butter and semolina lend their richness, and the subtle flavour of cardamon or rosewater permeate many of these confections. Date and fig jams are used as spreads sandwiched between cookie rounds or as fillings. Preserves such as apricot, or berry jam serve to fill thumbprint indentations.”

Laleh Bakery Sweet Rounds

Ambiance: A simple bakery with wedding cakes in the storefront window, limited seating for those wishing to partake of afternoon tea and a sweet treat right there, but the space mostly caters to take-away boxes of goodies that delight the eyes upon entry. The bright red walls and limited kitsch ornamentation hardly attract the guffaw and attention Laleh may be intending;

Laleh Bakery Red!

to their benefit, the trays upon trays in colorful rows making up the display that begins at the door and extends to the kitchen easily distract and attract each customer.

Laleh Bakery Cream-Stuffed

What I ordered: We started with a small box and two each of my usual favorite: the Napoleon, Chocolate Dipped Cream Puffs and Chocolate Dipped Cream Filled Almond Cookies.

Laleh Bakery Box!

Our hosts added the custard-filled fried dough Piroshki to our mix in order that we might enjoy it over tea back at their home.

Laleh Bakery Donuts!

What I loved: Everything was perfectly sweet, without causing an influx in our sugar intake. Accompanied with a hot glass of (unsweetened) Persian tea, it was the perfect combination for our afternoon snack. I especially enjoyed the Cream Puffs airy consistency and dark chocolate covering,

Laleh Bakery Cream Puffs

and was surprised at how much I enjoyed the light, melt-in-your-mouth goodness of the almond cookie.

Laleh Bakery Almond Cookies

Why I loved it: Unpretentious and warm bakery with sweets for every craving, every age and everybody.

Cost: These treats are surprisingly inexpensive – ranging from around $6 to $15 for a mix and match box. If this is your first time here, get the small box and fill it with a variety. You will quickly find your favourites.”

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