La Perle: A Pearl of a Middle Eastern Pastry Shop in the Heart of Geneva

By Wednesday, May 4, 2011 Permalink 0

by Jonell Galloway

A new Middle Eastern pastry shop has opened in Pâquis, right in the heart of Geneva. Their base is in Paris in the 18th arrondissement at La Rose de Tunis.

The Achech family have been making pastries for they can’t quite remember how many generations. They come from the Tunisian village of Ghomrassen, known for its pastries, thanks to the almond trees and other ingredients used in Middle Eastern pastries that thrive in its soil. It is thanks to this heritage and carefully kept-secret family recipes they have been collecting for generations that they produce the most delicate Middle Eastern pastries I have ever tasted.

Tunisian baklava, Moroccan baklava, Turkish baklava. Pure almond paste, pistachios, rose water. The perfumes of the Orient are all there, in the pastries and in the flowery, nutty wafts you experience as you stroll through the tiny shop. Pastries are stacked artistically, like pièces montées, and can be bought individually or on a catering basis for weddings, receptions, banquets, etc.

The shop is filled with Middle Easterners in their finest attire. It is classy and impeccable in every way.

They also serve mint tea…the real stuff.

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