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833 Cortland Ave. (Gates St.) Send to Phone
Small, sleek shop showcases chef Mutsumi Takehara's extensive Japanese and French pastry training.

Breakfast & Lunch daily
  • Dress code: Casual

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Sandbox Bakery Restaurant Review

: Pastry chef Mutsumi Takehara is deftly navigating an innovative baking style best described as fusion pastry. At Sandbox Bakery, the small, sleek shop located in the bustling Bernal Heights neighborhood, the daily offerings showcase her extensive Japanese and French training. Shop offerings include French classics such as macarons and brioche, but most notable is her version of a kashi pan, a popular bun found in Japanese bakeries, stuffed with a wide range of ingredients. Takehara’s version is similar to challah and often features savory fillings, such as Japanese beef curry, bean paste or negi (green onion) and miso paste. Another creation is a bun filled with corn kernels and a splash of creamy béchamel. Those who opt for sweets will like the spumoni: a bun filled with amaretto-soaked cherries and chocolate. Takehara’s more unusual products include a tangy, aromatic yuzu-sage tart.
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