About La Provence Cafe
Since 1996, Chef Farshid Hakim has created a diverse menu that offers his specialties made with the finest artisanal ingredients: fresh soups, Mediterranean salads and panini sandwiches on a homemade baguette. The turkey chili is spiced for a distinctive flavor. Omelets are filled with the original pairing of fresh produce. La Provence Patisserie and Cafe have expanded over the years to serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With every meal, there is a chance to indulge in exquisite pastries including homemade chocolate croissants, French macarons, cupcakes, white chocolate strawberry shortcakes,s, and various other specialty cakes. La Provence Patisserie and Cafe has catered to hundreds of weddings, corporate events, and each year is chosen to provide its signature pastries for various academy award parties.
Farshid Hakim, the founder of this elegant dining in a casual atmosphere is renowned as a pastry chef. He began his career in France. He lived and worked in Monaco where he gained expertise in the art of pastry. He studied everything from design to how one creates and builds a successful cafe operation. Mr. Hakim returned to the United States as the Executive Pastry Chef at Saint Honore Boulangerie in Malibu, California. This led to opening La Provence Patisserie & Café in Beverly Hills. In 2011, the Los Angeles City Council chose La Provence Patisserie as the best cafe and bakery in Los Angeles earning a spot at Los Angeles International Airport, Terminal 4 serving American Airlines.
By his care and attention to detail, Farshid has developed La Provence Patisserie and Cafe into a recognized brand that receives consistent accolades. It is he who introduced the French macarons to Los Angeles in 2001. It soon became one of his most popular desserts and remains one of his top-selling items. La Provence Patisserie and Cafe is known as one of the most popular casual dining spots in Los Angeles. What matters to Farshid Hakim and his staff is to provide customers a quality of service to match their expectations of the cuisine. He is honored that so many of his local customers return daily.
Farshid Hakim often receives media recognition whether from the LA Times or on TV in the “Cupcake Wars” to The Food Network in 2010-2011 to “Modern Marvels” on the Discovery Channel to “Urban Bites” to “Good Day LA” and in numerous appearances on KTLA’s “Morning Show”. The internationally renowned book series Gault-Millau named La Provence “Best French Café in Beverly Hills”. As part of his cutting-edge philosophy, Farshid Hakim visits France annually to discover the latest trends in baking, pastries, and restaurant management.
Given his diverse background, Farshid Hakim is now developing new locations in international markets offering casual dining with French artistry.