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.

Fun neon sign inside Mr Holmes Bakehouse may be all too appropriate for the neighborhood.

Fun neon sign inside Mr Holmes Bakehouse may be all too appropriate for the neighborhood.

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

The baked goods at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse takes on different shapes and turns.

The baked goods at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse takes on different shapes and turns.

My favorite: The choux bomb with caramel cream filling and a piece of toffee candy.

My favorite: The choux bomb with caramel cream filling and a piece of toffee candy.

The tiny shop serves Sightglass coffee with its pastries.

The tiny shop serves Sightglass coffee with its pastries.

Brioche donuts come in several flavors.

Brioche donuts come in several flavors of filling.

Raspberry pistachio brioche pastry has an unusual shape.

Raspberry pistachio brioche pastry has an unusual shape.

Small shelf with products for sale.

Small shelf with products for sale.

Even the muffins are unusual. These are filled with white chocolate bits.

Even the muffins are unusual. These are filled with white chocolate bits.

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse has gotten Tendernob residents excited about a local bakery.

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse has gotten Tendernob residents excited about a local bakery.

2 Responses to Marveling at the Baked Goods at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse in San Francisco

  1. Row says:

    Fancy-looking desserts! I’m really intrigued by the “baked sushi” croissant… I’d love to give that a try. 🙂

  2. Carolyn Jung says:

    Those choux bombs look amazing. I wonder if they could be the next Cronut! 😉