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85CBakeryCafe coming to Gardena

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rinkatink888 Sep 30, 2013 05:27 PM

Saw a "opening soon" sign today for the 85CBakeryCafe at the plaza where the 99 Ranch Market is located on the Southeast corner of Normandie and Artesia. I can imagine how insane the parking will be once the bakery is opened. On a positive note, the bakery is less than 15 minutes away.

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    eman1 Sep 30, 2013 09:50 PM

    Awesome!!! Live in the South Bay so no more driving to Irvine or Rowland Heights!!!

    1. TonyC Oct 1, 2013 09:15 AM

      And Cerritos.

      1. Professor Salt Oct 1, 2013 09:24 AM

        Also Garden Grove at the Mall of Fortune.

        1. Dommy Oct 1, 2013 10:01 AM

          Okay... what should I get here? I've tried it several time and each time it was kinda 'meh'. Expecially for the Calorie expense.... I know it maybe apples to oranges, but, I prefer Paris Baguette...

          --Dommy!

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            A5 KOBE Oct 1, 2013 10:11 AM

            mochi egg tart
            danish cream
            bora cream
            calamari stick

            These are some of my favorite items, but I prefer Kee Wah to 85 Degrees. The mochi egg tart may be the single best thing they make and worth the calories.

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              blimpbinge Oct 1, 2013 11:08 AM

              "The mochi egg tart may be the single best thing they make and worth the calories."

              yup

              it's basically a macanese po-tart w/ some mochi inside

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            STEVEMIU Oct 1, 2013 10:11 AM

            I hope they don't end up like Fresh & Easy....

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              ns1 Oct 1, 2013 10:13 AM

              they're basically a taiwanese porto's w/o the sandwiches - cafe + bakery w/ central distribution.

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                bulavinaka Oct 1, 2013 11:58 AM

                Just me, but if they compare favorably with Porto's, then I'll save the kcals for Flour and Tea.

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              jaykayen Oct 1, 2013 12:17 PM

              Eh, I've never had anything good from there. Dry, tasteless cakes.

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                TonyC Oct 1, 2013 12:27 PM

                "Dry, tasteless cakes."

                you're doing it wrong.

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                  jaykayen Oct 1, 2013 01:17 PM

                  There should be a support group for people who don't get 85C. I know I'm not the only one! Maybe people who really like standing in a line are getting something out of it that I don't.

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                    bulavinaka Oct 1, 2013 04:09 PM

                    Please enlighten us - don't be a tease.

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                      ipsedixit Oct 1, 2013 05:55 PM

                      85C used to be better when it was just in Irvine. Expansion, perhaps we can even call it over-expansion, has hurt quality, if not consistency.

                      That said, I like the egg tarts (both Macau and mochi), the milk pudding bun, and the taro bread. Can't go wrong with any of those.

                      The cakes at 85C are really no different than any cake you can find at other Taiwanese or HK bakeries like JJ, Diamond, etc. Some people like them, some find them odd tasting, and some find them too sweet.

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                        blimpbinge Oct 1, 2013 06:23 PM

                        "egg tarts (both Macau and mochi)"

                        i didn't know there were two types at 85

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                          mstinawu Oct 25, 2013 03:28 PM

                          I never really thought it was anything special. The first time I tried it was in Taiwan when it first opened and even then I didn't think there was anything special about it.

                          Still.. It's nice to have some more Taiwanese bakeries here in the South Bay. Out with the overabundance of ramen shops and in with more Taiwanese food I say! :)

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                            Mr Taster Dec 4, 2013 11:52 AM

                            There was an 85c in the small village of Daya (Taichung) Taiwan where I spent the month of October and in what is essentially a Chowhound-quality desert (lots of food, but not much that is extraordinary). By way of comparison, their pastries were really very good. They had a high churn, so while the less professional, less popular local bakeries were selling pastries hours-old (and wrapped in plastic bags, which looked pretty but caused the crispy pastries to become soggy from steam), 85c's offerings were universally fresh, delicious and cheap.

                            I particularly like the coconut almond raisin twist, and what I can only describe as pudding-stuffed bread. Not sure if it's avail in US bakeries, but good lawdy lawd, that was delicious.

                            Mr Taster

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                              ns1 Dec 16, 2013 08:23 PM

                              Yes that coconut almond twist thing is available and is pretty much the only thing I get.

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                    rinkatink888 Oct 11, 2013 02:24 PM

                    Spoke with one of the folks who are in the midst of hiring personnel for this location and he told me they are expecting to open the store after Thanksgiving.

                    1. TonyC Dec 3, 2013 02:53 PM

                      And now, Buena Park, next to a Super H-Mart, in the middle of New Seoul/Little Pusan

                      Looks like it's ready to take on SPC, at least in California. Then again, mayeb not, as the Paris Group alone has over 3000 stores, and 85C has less than a 1000 globally. We shall see.

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                        ns1 Dec 16, 2013 08:24 PM

                        SPC?

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                          TonyC Dec 17, 2013 09:07 AM

                          Paris Baguette is owned by a Korean chaebol, "SPC": http://www.parisbaguetteusa.com/Paris...

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                        hayashiox Dec 16, 2013 04:50 PM

                        When is the cerritos one planning to open?

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                          hayashiox Dec 17, 2013 05:44 PM

                          From the look of the construction im guessing its around next year February or March

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                          chrishei Dec 17, 2013 02:02 PM

                          Come to West LA already...

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                            rinkatink888 Dec 17, 2013 05:15 PM

                            There is another one coming to Torrance in the same complex where the Mitsuwa Marketplace is located. They haven't advertised until they have a closer opening date.

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