This cute little bakery is really what Los Angeles needs more of. Quickly, Los Angeles is losing that touch of sidewalk cafes and corner bakeries. If you go to London, Paris, or New York, sidewalk cafes and shops are all scattered throughout town. On your daily commute, you can easily pass by a handful of shops that are all popular to locals. Why is it that Los Angeles doesn’t have a lot of these? Well, it is refreshing to know that Susina Bakery and Cafe, once called Sugar Plum is standing its ground.
Walking in, there is a whole display full of goodies. The cakes, pies, and other pastries all looked delicious. They also have drinks and sandwiches. The panini sandwiches were not bad, forgettable though. Probably because I had my eyes on the sweet stuff. I think people go here for their pastries and baked goods. What people mostly come here for is their banana cream pie and the berry blossom cake. I had a chance to try both, and I am sold.
Their banana cream pie was fantastic. The hard cookie crust with the chocolate covering, filled with their unforgettable banana cream with fresh bananas all come together to make a wonderful dessert. This is then topped off with a heap of whipped cream and sprinkled with chocolate shavings. The cold banana filling inside mixed in with the cookie crust in every bite really is amazing.
The berry blossom cake was great too. We had the pleasure in having the first slice of the whole cake. Interestingly, the cake was too moist, almost wet. The texture was not cakey, but more like a moist bread pudding or like a tres leches cake. The berry flavors were subtle, yet tasty. I kind of wanted more of a cake bite to it, but it was tasty nonetheless. Maybe my expectations were wrong. The flavors were really complex — it’s not your ordinary cake. I might have to get it again next time just to put my finger on it.
Susina is great little bakery shop. Eating lunch here, sipping on some coffee and cake, working on a post would be pretty relaxing. Every time I come here, I try to at least leave with a banana cream pie or a cake. Come to think of it, I wish I was there right now, enjoying those treats, writing this post. How perfect would that be?