After the usual annoying amount of delays and setbacks that opening a business in San Francisco entails, Mutsumi Takehara’s ~SANDBOX BAKERY~ is now open as of yesterday, December 7th. Mutsumi’s background includes three years at the La Farine bakery in Oakland, and learned classic French pastry at Chez Panisse. She also worked at Rubicon, and was at the Slanted Door for 10 years. You’ll find small-batch and fresh-baked pastries made with the best quality, local, and organic ingredients possible, like a variety of croissants (savory and sweet), muffins, scones, biscuits, and cookies. Plus there are some items that integrate Japanese ingredients and style, like the kashi pan (challah) filled with negi (green onion) and miso paste. You can drool over the entire menu here. Speaking of drooling, Mutsumi, a mother of two, made sure there are some kid-friendly items to eat and play with. You can also perk up with single drip coffee from Ritual and De La Paz. Coming soon will be the addition of more lunch-y items, like English muffin sandwiches, salads, soups, pizzettas, rice burgers, and more. FYI, seating is limited: there’s an espresso bar, and benches outside. Hours are 6am—3pm daily.
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