Angel Maid Bakery on Centinela
Has anyone tried this place? Any good? I drive past it almost every day, and I have yet to go in. I was driving home from work and noticed they were closed, so they must close early. Another drive past, in the middle of the day, and they seemed very busy. What kinds of things do they have? Anything they do well? Any must haves?
Angel Maid started out serving mostly the local Japanese community when they first opened in the 80s. Now, they've become popular in general and can get very busy, particularly on Saturdays. Yes, the mini-cream puffs are great. And in general, their cakes are light, not too sweet, and most folks enjoy them. The cake with fresh strawberries is probably their most popular. Some of their other more popular cakes are with mango mousse as well as guava. Their mini-danishes are popular - I'm not a huge fan of these in general. They also have stepped it up recently with more patisserie-type desserts - monte blancs, macaron-imbellished raspberry mousse tarts, creme brulee, etc. Their Mexican wedding cookies are pretty good as well.
Unless the "parking lot" in front is empty, don't even try to park in there - you either have to back in or back out from Centinela. It's alot easier to park along the street.
they have a divine chocolate mousse cake! although i never seem to be able to get their opening hours straight.
Been going there for years, but not much lately since I moved from the area. I thought it opened before the 80's as bulinvinaka mentioned, but could be wrong. It's not the best ever, but a good solid neighborhood bakery. I'm partial to the shortbread-type cookies (esp jelly-filled ones), which remind me of my childhood.
Aside from Sakura Restaurant and a couple lawnmower repair shops, Angel Maid is one of the few remaining Japanese-owned businesses along that strip of Centinela Blvd. Mago's is now Casa Sanchez, Hakata Gift shop recently closed and Aloha market is... I don't even know. Times are a changin'.