I recently bought a book about bread in Shonan. A lot of the bakeries are a bit of a trek from where I live as they're in the Kamakura and Zushi areas. But there were a few listed in the Fujisawa area so I decided to visit one:Madame Rouge.
I honestly didn't really read the article, I just remembered that it was close to Fujisawa station so I decided to go exploring. Best. Decision. Ever.
The bakery itself is about 5-ish minutes from Fujisawa station. Approaching the bakery and you immediately notice that it looks a bit ...French. Between Boulangerie (one of four words I know in French1) being written in a classic french looking font and the lavender outside, you know it's someplace special.
When you enter the shop they have french radio streaming as well for the full Parisian experience. I arrived around 1pm and had no idea what to expect. They were mostly sold out, so I hastily picked the sandwich that had ingredients that I enjoy but can't eat on a regular basis in Japan: pastrami and pickles2.
As the two tables out front where you can sit and enjoy your bread were occupied, I walked to the river nearby hoping to find a bench to sit and enjoy my sandwich. The bread for the sandwich is a french style bread and it has the perfect amount of crunch in the crust.
Often you'll see people make a sandwich with a baguette, but instead of a delicious sandwich, they just end up being a overly-crunchy cut-your-mouth sharp mess that's tough to eat. This was the opposite. The bread had a slight crunch with just a bit of chewiness. What's more there was a hidden surprise not visible when I picked my sandwich: pickled onions adding a bit of extra tang to nicely tie everything together.
Also not photoed were the plain scones that I got to go. They were also fantastic with a buttery and slightly-sweet flavor. If you're in Fujisawa for any reason, take the time and visit this bakery. Do go early because as I was walking back to the station after eating my sandwich they were sold out and closing up for the day.