After watching the penultimate episode of the Great British Bake Off, in which the contestants had to make their own baklava, I got my own craving for the delicious dessert. And since I’ve got Lebanese-Syrian ancestry on my Dad’s side of the family, I thought it’d be nice to have a little taste of the homeland. After doing some research on Yelp, I discovered Sunnin Bakery, a little hole in the wall on the corner of Santa Monica & Westwood (which I’ve, of course, passed by for years). I believe the owners also own Sunnin Lebanese Cafe, located across the street. In addition to bakery desserts, Sunnin also sells various types of maneesh (Middle Eastern flatbread) with cheese and other toppings. They’re made to order, and prices range from $2.50-$6 (will try some next time!).
But on this maiden voyage, I ordered three types of baklawa: cashew (in the tube), pistachio (top right), and walnut (bottom right). The almond topped pastry is a namoura, which was like a cinnamon-y wheat cake. And my gooooodness were they delicious. The baklawi was just dripping in honey, one bite and it’s just heaven. I think the cashew was my favorite, but the pistachio and walnut were no duds either. The thin sheets of phyllo were perfectly crisp and went well with the honey soaked nut filling. It’s one sweet treat, though, so I was pleasantly fulfilled with my small order (shown above). The namoura and cashew baklawa were $0.75 each, while the other two were $1.25. Quite a tasty treat for less than a fiver!