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When at Fendu, Do as the Hungry Do

By Jaimie Kim Photos By Tony Grillo
January 27, 2013

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Don’t let the elegance of Fendu Boulangerie’s name intimidate you from stepping through its doors. With an extensive offering of French-inspired delicacies, it doesn’t really matter what you choose; everything will leave you wanting more.

Plus, all pastries and breads are fresh-baked each morning.

“There are no hydrogenated shortenings,” says chef and owner Niel Koep. “We’re using olive oil, vegetable oil or butter … The butter is more expensive and the olive oil is more expensive, but we use it because it is better for the customer.”

Among its most popular items: Chocolate Croissant ($2.50). The dough, mixed the day before and refrigerated overnight to give it more flavor, is laminated with a European-style butter before French chocolate is added.

“The chocolate complements the croissant dough and vice versa,” shares Koep. “There’s enough in there to give it a nice, semi-sweet chocolate flavor.”

A few other favorites: Lilikoi Cheesecake ($4.50), Mini Apple Pies ($5.75) and Koep’s personal favorite, Lychee Danish ($2.25).

To make the Lychee Danish, Koep uses Danish dough, European-style butter, an almond cream and pastry cream filling with cinnamon-sugar, and topped with lychee and surrounded with a streusel. After it is baked, it is finished with a glaze.

For something savory, and with protein to help you power through your morning, Fendu Boulangerie is now offering breakfast sandwiches. The Petit Croissant Egg and Cheese Sandwich ($5.25) also has munster cheese, which complements the eggs and melts nicely.

And just in time for Valentine’s Day, the bakery will bring back its macarons (eight pieces for $21 or four pieces for $10.50) to ensure you have a sweet date.

Fendu Boulangerie

Manoa Marketplace
2752 Woodlawn Drive #511
988.4310
Mon.-Sat., 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sun. 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.