Fuji Bakery

After hearing from numerous sources about the high quality of baked goods at Fuji Bakery, I decided to see for myself what the fuss was all about. Located in the International District (and with a second location in Bellevue), Fuji is a Japanese and French “fusion” bakery. Both head chefs are Japanese with training in the art of French baking, leading to lovely concoctions like Green Tea Cookie Bread:

I’ve never had anything quite like it – it tasted like sweetbread surrounded by a green tea sugary coating.  There were other, more traditional flavors as well, but I was in the mood for something different. They also had breads with custard or red bean filling – needless to say I had a hard time choosing, as did the other folks inside:

So much to choose from! So I allowed myself to pick a second item, which I would eat the next day: the Croissant Chocolat Framboise. Only offered Fridays and Saturdays, it’s got a custard and raspberry filling and dusted with cocoa powder.

To be honest, I thought this one was a tad overcooked (the top tasted a bit burned) but the inside flavor was good. Overall, I think there are so many places to explore in the International District that it might be a while before I return, but it’s certainly worth a stop if you’re looking for French pastries with a twist.

 

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