b. Patisserie opening mid-December on California St (SF)
- pane Nov 13, 2012 07:20 AM
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.
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.
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!
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.