I love Boniere Bakery! A friend and I went for lunch today and despite the fact that when we got there at 1:30 there was only one sandwich (roast beef) and one serving of butternut squash soup left, we enjoyed it thoroughly and will definitely go back.
We shared a tomato, pesto, and feta round foccacia to start (the butternut squash soup had to be warmed up, which required about five minutes - hence the "starter"). Quite delicious, if greasy. I guess that's foccacia's MO, though.
I gilded the lily with a cream biscuit, because they were sitting next to some bigger biscuits with dribs and drabs of cheddar cheese hanging out on them. I can't help it - I find biscuits irresistible! This biscuit was one of the best I've ever had - almost creamy, in fact. If only I'd had some clotted cream and jam to go with.
The butternut squash soup finally came in a small-ish cup with another piece of foccacia (this kind the non-greasy, squarish kind - certainly not irresistible, but serviceable). The soup was intensely orange, with bits of sage throughout - pretty thick and smooth, with nice flavor. Not a lot of cream used, I don't think.
Before we left we grabbed a coconut kiss, a peanut butter & jam cookie, and a piece of maple fudge to go. Within an hour all three were gone. The coconut kiss is like a dense cupcake made mostly of coconut. It's served in a cupcake cup and the top is crispy and light brown in color - like the top of a lemon meringue pie! The very bottom is mushy, gooey, and sweet. Delicious!
I didn't try the PB&J cookie, but it was described as "not enough peanut butter, but the jelly was good and the cookie had a nice texture."
Maple fudge was good, but not great - Peggy liked it just fine; I thought it wasn't soft enough and the maple flavor didn't ring true (might have been imitation rather than real maple syrup).
There were so many wonderful looking desserts there it made for a tough decision - nice little pecan and pumpkin tarts; beautiful, sculptural gateaux, cream puffs, and eclairs; and some pains au chocolat that looked out-of-this-world (filled with chocolate - always a good thing).
We're goin' back to Boniere!
1417 Park St.
Alameda, CA 94501