Surf and Sandwiches, Pain de Nanosh

Popular bakery opens new branch in Fujisawa

By Kristen F    - 3 min read

Crunch down on a loaf of cranberry pecan bread and get lost in images of the sea at Pain de Nanosh.

The bakery, started in Chigasaki, recently opened its new branch in Fujisawa in Spring of 2013 to the excitement of many.

Claiming to “think of both the bread and the audience”, this bakery has a wide variety of savory and sweet baked goods and an offering of teas, dried fruits, and other snacks that rival the area competition.

While Chef Sekiya Katsumi aims to capture the relaxed joy of surfing or a sunset over the sea, it becomes apparent that a degree of precision and expertise has gone into the hand crafted loaves.

On a given rainy Thursday afternoon, Nanosh’s wrap-around wooden deck is bustling with moms chatting over a café au lait and “Choco mountain” Danish.

The sitting area indoors is white washed and relaxed with a towering green plant alongside a ceiling-high mural commissioned by a local artist. The room is brightened by photos of sunsets and silhouetted surfers, undoubtedly from the Enoshima and Kamakura area beaches.

While many visitors park quickly to fill a tray for home, a few diners grab a slice of chocolate cranberry tart and enjoy a cup of coffee or latte at the relaxed bakery.

Anyone wanting to brew something at home can choose from the organic range of Pukka teas offered at Nanosh. Hailing from the UK, this tea includes the digestion-aiding Three Mint as well as a “heart-warming” lavender, chamomile and rose brew. All the tea goes deliciously with Nanosh’s white pear Danish. Of course, what drink wouldn’t?

Pain de Nanosh offers a wide range of lunchtime sandwich options in its cooler section, daily baked loaves of brown rice or white bread, and a wide selection of regularly featured Danishes.

Anyone planning a party can pick up a whole, medium sized apple pie for a mere 1000 yen. A horse-shoe shaped crisp bread of black olives, dried tomatoes and basil brings good luck to the blandest of pesto.

Dubbed the “Fugasu of Tatamiiwashi”, one particular work of French bread combines cheese and the Japanese-mat styled sheet of baby sardines or Shirasu with a tasty blend of sesame oil and soy sauce.

The bakery smells continuously of cinnamon, honey, or wheat with the ovens going and staff calling out orders for more items.

Guests planning a party can order a whole tray of Hors d’oeuvre starting from 2000 yen.

Ongoing queues at the bakery indicate that Fujisawa locals are no longer driving the trek to Chigasaki for their favorite baked goods, but are enjoying the relaxed, refined baked goods of Pain de Nanosh much closer to home.

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Kristen F @kristen.foster

Hi, I'm Kristen. I'm a native Floridian. Living between Yokohama and Tokyo. I've worked as a journalist, backpacked the UK, and floated down a few rivers in Mexico. Receiving my degree in Journalism and International studies, I'm always foraging for a good bite or a good story. For a while, I was a food reviewer for some Floridian publications, seeking out family-owned and localized restaurants with one-of-a-kind dishes. These days, I teach English at a little school near the beach—in Japan. I spend my free time staring at sakura, snagging sushi off the conveyor belt, and sampling all sorts of new things. Let's hope that whatever it is-- a lack of peace or overwhelming curiosity--it'll keep me thin and keep you informed. Welcome to curiosity, culture, and cuisine. Be whisked away like I have.

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