A few months ago a baking soul sister forwarded us an article with the news that Flour Bakery was opening up in the former Hard Rock/Bertucci’s location, next to Red Lantern and The Brahmin (BMH’s review of Red Lantern – Revisited and The Brahmin – 2 – 3). The space was vacant for quite some time and now has become a new destination for Flour Bakery lovers. Joanne Chang, she is a smartie (and also co-owns Myers and Chang (BMH’s review of Myers + Chang).
The Washington Street, Fort Point and Mass Ave locations (BMH’s first review of Flour Bakery) all have their own character, but the Back Bay location has plenty of seating, a nice layout and good flow (great logistics with the handhelds and the main area has great light and feng shui). We loved the window bar seating, butterfly lights and super high ceilings.The Clarendon location offers all the familiar sandwiches, salads and baked goodies and pastries. We deeply appreciate all the allergy abbreviations: veg: vegetarian v: vegan gf: gluten/ wheat free nf: nut free df: dairy free.
Two of our Flour favorites, the sticky bread pudding and hazelnut-almond dacquoise cake (hazelnut and almond meringues with coffee butter cream and dark ganache and decorated with hazelnuts) tempted us in the display. We had to order the famous Flour sticky buns for $3.50. The dark, sticky caramel and toasted pecans were still warm and coated every bite of fluffy brioche. We shared this treat and went home happy.We also split a bowl of soup. The special soup was a butternut squash with pasilla chilies and black turtle beans (nf, gf) for $3.50 bowl, $4.50 pint. We jked that the curry flavored squash soup was so flavorful, warming and hearty that it would be perfect in a coffee cup to go. Instead of a $3.00 cup of coffee, why not a take away bowl of warming soup for $3.50.
The new Flour bakery is a welcome addition to the Back Bay and located in a brilliant spot. It will definitely source tremendous catering business from the John Hancock building and a lot of traffic from weekend coffee and brunch seekers who want a change from Tremont or Newbury Street.