Tucked away in a quiet corner suburb of Logan is an unassuming patisserie that has the fluffiest moist cakes infused with the exotic flavours of the east. Brightly coloured cakes, macaroons, biscuits, cupcakes and cream puffs welcome you as you approach the glass cabinets. The delicate flavours of rosewater, cardamom, saffron and pistachio breathe life into the palate as you sit and savour the Afghan and Persian style treats.
Rose Patisserie is more than a bakery, it is a sweet Mecca for many Afghan, Iranian and other Middle Easterners who travel far and wide to enjoy the Afghan and Persian style sweets . A former refugee family originally from Afghanistan who moved to Iran, Malaysia and eventually Australia daily make in store a range of pastries, biscuits and cakes based on the age old Afghan tradition.
Abbas, in his mid twenties, opened the patisserie with his sister Fatima and mother in August last year. The dream of owning their own business did not seem possible after leaving Iran as non-citizens with limited rights, and eventually seeking refuge in Malaysia for five years. The opportunity to do further study and open their own business became a possibility when the family of seven were accepted for asylum in Australia in 2013.
The name Rose was chosen for the patisserie, says Abbas because of its culinary significance in Afghanistan, Iran and Australia. Rose is the same sounding word and name in Farsi, Dari and English. Rosewater, rose petals and rose designs are prominent in Middle Eastern sweets. The word Rose became a fusion of three significant countries that had formed a part of Abbas and his family’s journey and story.
Whilst a rose seed may seem small, within it holds beauty, aroma, flavour and majestic blooms. Abbas’ journey has been a long one, his mother started the journey by leaving Afghanistan as a child with her family to find a better life in Iran. The life there had not yielded the ground for them to bloom. However, as Australian citizens with many rights, their entrepreneurship, culture, customs and traditions have taken root in Logan and the locals are enjoying the sweet harvest.
To see things in the seed, that is genius. — Lao Tzu.