People familiar with San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood know about the various smells you’re bombarded with when strolling the streets. But now if you’re anywhere near Larkin and Sutter, you’ll enjoy the smell of fresh coffee and pastries thanks to the new Mr. Holmes Bakehouse.
Opened last month, the tiny shop with white subway tiles and a bright interior neon sign is from Australian-bred Ry Stephen and business partner Aaron Caddel. Stephen has been selling his baked goods at some local cafes but now he has a regular spot to showcase his creations.
And creations they are because they’re probably some of the more creative baked goods I’ve seen in awhile. Maybe Stephen ate these growing up, but I’ve never had a “choux bomb” that’s basically a cream puff with a toffee candy piece and caramel filling, or what my friend Karen tried — a croissant filled with salmon, avocado and nori served with soy sauce ala a baked sushi.
I really enjoyed the choux bomb and a brioche pastry (shaped like what I think is a spaceship) with a lovely raspberry custard filling. But Karen thought the brioche donuts she tried were just OK (she liked the filling but not the dough). So there’s probably going to be some experimenting in the beginning to find out what you like.
With Mr. Holmes Bakehouse adding new and unusual items all the time, I’m sure you’ll find a favorite in this new and exciting bakery.
The deets: Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, 1042 Larkin St., San Francisco. PH: 415.829.7700. Open weekdays, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; and weekends, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. www.mrholmesbakehouse.com
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