25 Murray St
New York, NY 10007
Anna really wanted pastries for breakfast and since we were on our way to the 9/11 Memorial, we had to find a place nearby. Enter Takahachi Bakery, which is also popular amongst the Manhattanites. This little Japanese bakery offers up a variety of pastries, cakes, confections, and some hot items as well.
While Anna was all about getting some cakes and sweets, I was there to get some of the more savory items. There were "sushi" inspired sandwiches such as Tuna Avocado, Spicy Salmon, and the California Roll sandwich, of which I got.
The California Roll Sandwich, for those who somehow don't know, is a combination of imitation crabmeat, avocado, and cucumber. It's actually a brilliant idea to put all that in between two slices of white bread. The white bread slices are a perfect vessel to hold those three ingredients together. The cucumber adds the crunch while the avocado adds the perfect amount of creaminess. I like California Rolls just fine as sushi, but I actually really enjoyed it more as a sandwich.
Anna went with some pastries and opted for Coffee Roll Cake and Strawberry Shortcake. The Coffee Roll Cake was cooked very lightly and was much more mild in flavor that I imagined. Coffee is a strong flavor so it was actually nice to get a softer tone of it. The Strawberry Shortcake was OK. I don't eat much of it, but it tastes very much like many of the cakes you would get at other Asian bakeries (there are so much in Toronto).
They have so many interesting items in this bakery and it was a shame we couldn't experience a more thorough meal here. The service was more professional than friendly, but I couldn't care less. Still some good items here and worth stopping by despite a bit of a high price tag.
Ambience: B | Service: B | Price: B- | Food: B+