Just in time for Hanukkah, a kosher bakery is debuting in San Francisco, upping that category 100 percent. Called Taboon, it’s SoMa’s newest opening and already selling out of its wares daily.
Those wares include lots of breads and pastries, of both the sweet and savory variety. On the savory side, there is various challah, pita, buns, sambusak (pockets), flavored foccacias, bagels, and burekas (puff pastry), while pastries include babka, rugelach, sufganiyot (doughnuts), and more.
Israeli owners Isaac Yosef, Avi Edri, and head chef/baker Yanni (no last name given) use recipes from Yanni’s great grandfather, who owned a bakery in Jerusalem. That Israeli spin is why you see more unusual offerings beyond challah. In the coming weeks, fresh juices, espresso, cakes, and more will be added to the menu, too.
Taboon’s opening comes at an especially opportune time, as Oakland’s sixty-year-old Grand Bakery makes its departure, a real blow to the Bay Area kosher eateries.
Taboon is now open Sunday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (It’s closed on Saturdays for Shabbat.)