Violet's is a delicious addition to Forest Hills, adding to the round of new establishments to come (i.e. Shake Shack and Snowdays). Other than Fay Da, there isn't another Chinese bakery in the area. And while I do enjoy the treats (and baos) at Fay Da, Violet's has a special touch. The baker who can usually be seen greeting customers behind the register is passionate about his treats; assisting customers with questions, ringing them up, and letting you know if there are freshly baked goods on their way.
The baker bakes all the pastries on site, all by himself. Though he bakes everything even he has a preference over what he makes. His favorites include the pork buns, mango mochi, and coconut custard. What's special about Violet's (past their customer service) is the approach to traditional Cantonese delicacies (pork buns, pineapple bun, egg tarts). All the sweets offered at the bakery are not as sweet as their counterparts at Fay Da. And not to forget, there is the use of fresh ingredients; their pastries are a healthier approach to sugar and butter laden cakes. The dedication to fresh, quality ingredients can be seen and tasted--my favorite being the mango mousse cake, topped with real mango puree. In the mango mochi there are real mango pieces, as well as real coconut in their coconut pudding. Their treats are naturally sweet with the fruit that is already included, which means you don't need to feel bad when having seconds.
I've gone so often that the baker remembers me, even while walking past he'll wave hello. The baker and the staff is friendly and welcoming, and often offers free samples while you decide on what to get. Violet's is the perfect addition to the neighborhood and is perfect for a coffee date with friends or family.
Mango mousse cake
Coffee egg tart
Portuguese egg tart
Chicken curry bun
Whole wheat loaf
Violet's Bake Shoppe can be found at
72-36 Austin St. New York, NY 11375
*All photos by me on a compact film camera*