San Francisco: Golden Gate Bakery

Now that you know where the crappiest macarons in Berkeley can be found (see below), I bring to you Golden Gate Bakery, home of the most decadent dan tats I’ve ever yet to consume. It’s a touristy place for sure – just goggle it to read all the reviews, but along with tourists comes a steady stream of longtime clients, old Chinese families in the neighborhood and the like, rightfully justifying the popularity of the tiny bakery.

They offers a wide assortment of Chinese pastries, but are best known of the dan tat, a gorgeous wobbly egg custard tart, priced at just a dollar a piece. I handed the lady behind the counter my dollar in exchange for a paper bag bearing the still warm creation. Service is bursque and quick, but that’s the way it must be to serve the constantly growing line.
I sat at the only table in the bakery, a dinky brown table crammed in the corner along with two plastic lined red chairs. I was clearly in the way of the things but I wanted to enjoy the dan tat right then and there, even if it meant being whacked in the back with plastic bags filled with vegetables and groceries every 30 seconds.

This is the largest dan tat I’ve encountered, a good two inches across, tall and positively golden. The crust is a fine flaky one that manages to simply dissolve in your mouth with the soft, eggy and barely sweetened custard. So soft that it was bordered on warm pudding! It is nearly magical. It certainty helped that the tart was just taken out of the oven and hot to the touch. Judging by the quick turnover operation of the bakery, you’re bound to get a hot one no matter what time of the day. Some customers added on steamed rice cakes, cookies and buns to their order, but none left without one or a dozen tarts in hand, and neither should you.

Golden Gate Bakery
1029 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 781-2627

  • RON
    November 12, 2006

    I can almost feel the warmth of the dan tat. Now, what’s this buying just one dan tat and none for your readers? Whassamatterwithayou?

  • Chubbypanda
    November 12, 2006

    Ahhh… I love that bakery. I’m heading back up north for turkey day! Woot!- Chubbypanda

  • anonymous
    November 13, 2006

    Hi Kathy – Been there a few times…that place is nuts – it’s survival of the fittest. So we usually go as early as possible.

  • anonymous
    November 13, 2006

    if ever you get the chance…check out susina bakery in hollywood. it’s like the serendipity of LA, except you dont need to stand in long lines. a hidden gem in my humble opinion…

  • Kat
    November 13, 2006

    I love these egg tarts! Everytime I’m at Manoa Marketplace I stop by the Manapua Factory and buy one! It’s so funny because there is usually a long line of customers buying manapua and here i am buying a lone egg tart!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    November 14, 2006

    Hey Ron!I would have bought you one if you were there – it’s not good cold! :)Hey Chubbypanda!Ooooh, lucky you! And eat lots and lots of dan tat for me! :)Hey Kirk!Crazy indeed! All these Chinese people pushing and shoving…all adds to the character of the place I guess. But man, it’s good!Hey Ed!I’ve been wanting to go th Susina for the LONGEST TIME EVER! But no I know who has a car is willing to drive that far…”how long? just for dessert?!” sigh. they just don’t understand. but i assure you, I’ll make it there before graduation!Hey Kat!Oh, I miss the Manapua Factory! Such good deals! I usually go to the one in Kalihi cause it’s by my dad’s office…but that location is a bit sketchier, hehe. Manapua man. that’s the first thing I’m having when I get back home!

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