When we first heard news of Fã Artisan Bake opening in Silverdale, we knew it had to be good to attract punters from the City. The driving force behind this destination is a duo passionate about their craft. With a decade of culinary experience under their belts, Pastry Chef Bonnie Xu and Barista Alexia Xia form a formidable team dedicated to delivering excellence in one of life’s most delicious rituals.
According to the duo, the origins of Fã can be traced back to the Cantonese term “fa min,” meaning “fermentation of dough” or “dough rising.” It embodies growth and flourishing; a sentiment echoed in the bakery’s philosophy and aspirations. Here the menu is a symphony of delicious offerings — tried-and-true favourites and some new, innovative takes on traditional baked goods. Xu tells me that in the short three weeks they have been open, crowd favourites already include the housemade brioche sandwich, overstuffed with a seasonal variety of fresh fillings, and the ham and cheese and almond croissants, where little explanation is needed. Although it’s hard to go wrong with any choice here.
Silverdale was a deliberate choice for Fã Artisan Bake’s home, driven by a deep admiration for the burgeoning community’s allure and untapped potential. The owners believe in contributing to the region’s evolution, infusing their artisan tendencies into baking and espresso to create a more enriching and fulfilling hospitality experience for locals. The space is somewhere one can easily spend their days, too, with a pared-back interior that feels so casually cool.
Looking ahead, Fã’s vision extends beyond the present moment. The bakery’s goal is to continually evolve, thrive, and make a lasting impact on the community. With a commitment to quality, creativity and community engagement, the owners hope to build a cherished institution. In this place, locals and those travelling from further afield can gather and treat themselves to something delicious when they do.
Monday — Friday, 5am until 3pm
Saturday & Sunday, 6am until 3pm
Fã Artisan Bake
1/4 Alberto Lane, Silverdale,
North Shore, Auckland