Something new: Breadbox Hawaii

2015-05-19-10

There’s a new from-scratch bakery in Manoa Marketplace celebrating their grand opening this week. Breadbox Hawaii is a Japanese-style bakery selling full and half loaves, cookies, chocolate truffles, doughnuts and more.

House shokupan (Japanese soft white bread) and wheat loaves ($4 half/$7 full) line the shelves. There were only a couple left when we arrived at 10 a.m.

House shokupan (Japanese soft white bread) and wheat loaves ($4 half/$7 full) line the shelves. There were only a couple left when we arrived at 10 a.m.

Owners Mike Price and Alan Martin come from families with ties to a former pizza shop on Kapahulu and Duc’s Bistro in Chinatown. Price also owns Baby Awearness & Island Tea Party upstairs from Breadbox. When he saw that the old Manoa Bakery space was vacant, he got the lease and started planning the bakery with the help of Martin, his head baker. Martin is a Kapiolani Community College culinary graduate who’s worked at the Whole Ox Deli, the Pig and the Lady and Nobu Waikiki.

The Breadbox Hawaii team.

The Breadbox Hawaii team.

Browsing the small shop, we decided to try one of everything Breadbox had left.

Our box included old fashioned doughnuts, a yeast doughnut, two macaroons, shiro pan, pizza pan and chocolate orange mousse.

Our box included old fashioned doughnuts, a yeast doughnut, two macaroons, shiro pan, pizza pan and chocolate orange mousse.

Doughnuts are shaped by hand and topped with housemade flavored glazes. “Adult flavors” like amaretto and kahlua are in the works, where the liqueur will give each bite a spiked kick.

They gave us a bacon biscuit ($2) straight out of the oven. The smoky, peppery bacon bits inside the buttery layers were a nice savory touch.

They gave us a bacon biscuit ($2) straight out of the oven. The smoky, peppery bacon bits inside the buttery layers were a nice savory touch.

The team is still ramping up to full production, so selections and quantities are limited and they sell out quick. Price says they plan to expand their menu to include breakfast items till 10 a.m. Dishes they are working on include toad in the hole, eggs benedict, stuffed Portuguese sweet bread French toast and biscuits and gravy. Check their Facebook page to see when they’ll start serving these.

Breadbox also hand-makes dark chocolate truffles ($1-$1.50), each with a ganache filling.

Breadbox also hand-makes dark chocolate truffles ($1-$1.50), each with a ganache filling.

Using baguette dough, Breadbox makes an "epi" ($5), a classic made to resemble stalks of wheat. Filled with bacon and cheese (pictured), spinach and garlic, or pizza flavors, these are big enough to share with a friend.

Using baguette dough, Breadbox makes an “epi” ($5), a classic made to resemble stalks of wheat. Filled with bacon and cheese (pictured), spinach and garlic, or pizza flavors, these are big enough to share with a friend.

An assortment of cookies ($1.25 each). We didn't get to try their favorite, bacon chocolate, because they sold out earlier in the morning.

An assortment of cookies ($1.25 each). We didn’t get to try their favorite, bacon chocolate, because they sold out earlier in the morning.

Find Breadbox at Manoa Marketplace next to Manoa Sushi on the ground level.

Find Breadbox at Manoa Marketplace next to Manoa Sushi on the ground level.

Breadbox Hawaii
Manoa Marketplace
2752 Woodlawn Dr.
988-8822
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