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Nov 13, 2012 07:20 AM

b. Patisserie opening mid-December on California St (SF)

Yesterday we got the neighbor alert from the ABC notifying that b. patisserie filed paperwork to sell alcoholic beverages at its bricks and mortar shop on California Street at Divisadero. There have been people renovating the building for the last month or so. I hope they're able to stick with the projected mid-December opening date--would be great to pick up something here for holiday parties.

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  1. Tasted the b.Patisserie kouign amann at Front Cafe

    Now waiting for b. Patisserie to open on California & Divisadero : )

    4 Replies
    1. re: Cynsa

      Oh yes, dear neighbor, looking forward to seeing you there when it opens! We will be fat + happy together on kouign amann.

      1. re: pane

        thanks for the alert:
        kouign amann and passion fruit almond bostock
        making me fat + happy this morning

        well-designed space with seating!

        next on the calendar: Feb. 12 opening of The Mill at 736 Divisadero with Josey Baker's breads

        1. re: Cynsa

          The Mill might open on February 15?

      2. Open as of today. I'm glad they took the time to get ready, because the operation seemed pretty seamless for opening day. Very friendly staff, credit card machine working, etc.

        At 12:30 they had only one kouing amann left. Pretty, sunny cafe with non-cramped seating to enjoy a coffee and pastry or tartine. Four Barrel coffee.

        Tartines today were pan bagnat, ham and cheese, roasted chicken with anchovy and caper, flammenkuche, and mushroom with goat cheese and braised leeks. Nice
        option for this otherwise pretty bleak neighborhood, lunch-wise.

        Most of the viennoiserie were things I've seen before from her stuff sold at coffee shops; I was not familiar with her desserts. They were selling "10 hour apple tart," millefeuille, choco-hazelnut tart, and a yogurt and citrus verrine that looked great. We got the lemon tart--lovely brightness, perfect crust.

        I only saw one type of bread for sale, an epi, though Michel and his wife, who I recognized from Thorough Bread, were both working behind the counter on opening day. I hope they expand their bread options--that would be another win for the neighborhood.

        1. And pic of the pastry case

          1. Breads next week.
            Hours TBD:
            Tues-Sat. 7am - 7pm
            Sun 8 am -
            Closed Mondays

            2821 California Street at Divisadero/San Francisco

            2 Replies
              1. re: Cynsa

                Picked up the demi baguette today for lunch; loved it. Great crumb, crust just crackly enough.

            1. Went here today for the first time and was impressed.

              The kouignn amann was really good, and one of the best pastries I've eaten in San Francisco. Worth making the trek here for it.

              A dark chocolate cookie was less impressive. Sort of like a flattened, crunchy brownie. Not bad, but not a shining star.

              Open-faced tartine sandwiches were excellent. I tried one w/ mushrooms and tomato, and another with smoked mozzarella cheese. Unfortunely I don't remember the other details, but both had a nice balance of flavors between different ingredient. They were served cut into 4 pieces, so it was easy to share them.

              I had a pot of tea, which was fine but nothing special. They provide water and you choose a tea bag.

              I will definitely be back for more kouign amann in the future!
              Dave MP

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              1. re: Dave MP

                Was it still warm, Dave? Lord have mercy!

                1. re: Dave MP

                  I like the tea here; it's Harney + Sons brand, which makes a good bracing breakfast tea.

                  We also got a tiny kouignn amann--I'm not sure if there was a bit of extra dough left over so they just decided to bake it off? I haven't noticed different sized versions here before.

                  The tuna tartine is also great, a nice light lunch.

                  1. re: Dave MP

                    I recently had a really nice croissant there.

                    1. re: Dave MP

                      I really like that mushroom tartine, too! The braised leeks really add depth, and then there's some acidity from the goat cheese and cherry tomatoes. The kouign amann steals the show every time, but the tartine's become a part of our usual order.