85C Bakery Cafe, Newark report w/ PICS
- hhc Nov 16, 2013 12:52 PM
had to try 85C Bakery Cafe because I love pastries, coffee, grand openings, gotta go! I planned to get up at 6am, but I didn't. Got up late & to 85C by 8:56am Sat 11/16/13 line was about 100 people I don't know. Slow moving line! Don't go unless u have lots of patience.
About 1hr to get to front door, then 1hr inside cuz too many people & slow ass way to pay cuz they wrap in plastic bag each pastry before register.
One door is for Coffee/Cakes - so if you don't want bread u go to the door on the Left. Shorter line. If you want Bread stuff you gotta wait in the longer line to the Right.
Not much selection when you get to the bread line. We all just keep picking up stuff as soon as it came out or looked good. My selection:
Brioche $2 - tasty, soft & slightly crunchy from sugar - not that sweet. Don't miss it, it's behind the register so they get it for you if you don't see it.
Raisin Multigrain $1.25 - long bread, meh.
Berry Multigrain $2.65 - didn't try yet.
Maple brick toast $1.25 - meh
mini apple pie tart $2 - didn't try, was hot when it came out
Chocolate crissant $1.65 - it was small & pretty tasty.
Sea Salt Coffee iced $3.25 - pretty good at the beginning regular taste, then the whipped cream & salt on the bottom was gross!
Cherry puff pastry $2.35 - didn't try yet
Cheese custard tart $3.45 - huge, tasty though
Matcha red bean $2.75 - haven't tried
walnut tart $2.80 - small, haven't tried
Coconut custard roll $2.75 - haven't tried yet
Charge it! $28.15 my total, got my FREE mug. Cute, but worth 2hrs? Not sure. Got my BOGO for Sea Salt Drink! Can use thru 12/31/13!
No, that was Fri 11/15/13 only, from a Yelper the free gift was keychain & free drink coupon(s). I went Sat 11/16/13 if u spend $20 you get the red mug I took pic of & if you buy a Sea Salt Drink you can get FREE coupon for Sea Salt drink next time good thru 12/31/13. That promo still good thru Sun 11/17/13.
stuff isn't very sweet. Haven't tried Paris Baguette. It's an Asian bakery like Shen Kee I would say a bit better. Worth going maybe because it's closer than LA.
More taste I tried from my purchase Sat:
Berry walnut bread - it's ok, has some raisins & walnuts, soft bread.
walnut tart - just a bunch of walnut w/ the cookie crust - meh
cherry puff pastry - it was an impulse buy, not really a fan of puff pastry & the cherry was just goopy & average.
So far my favorites:
cheese custard tart
Want to try:
milk pudding bun
mochi egg tart
85C Bakery Cafe
35201-V Newark Blvd, Newark
The Newark location will operate similarly to the Irvine location, in that they are both serving as central kitchens with in house baking facilities.
There are plans to expand to other locations in the South Bay....they are looking somewhere along Cupertino/Milpitas/San Jose areas, and those will be in some sense serviced by the Newark location (unless they find enough space to house a baking facility). The manager, George, at the Newark branch actually came up from Irvine to man the bakery up here. The bigger problem is that the staff that nailed down the consistency and quality of the Irvine location's offerings didn't seem to have come up or trained the Newark location's staff.
Finally got to try it out - the taro marble bun is pretty good as Chandavki mentioned. I also liked the raisin milk bun a lot. The Portuguese egg custard tart was good but not particularly notable.
Regardless of the pastry, I think one of the keys is to loiter around until one of the bakers brings out a new batch of something - to die for when they are fresh, warm, and almost gooey.
Haha. May be more than 6 months. The irvine location still has crazy lines. Was at Newark for lunch this week and the line for breads was about 20min.
Love the mochi egg tart. Danishes also good, I'm a sucker for the boroh Danish. Also like the garlic and maple brick toasts. To the person who asked about PB, I feel that PB has more of a focus on crossaint / Danish based pastries while 85 has pastries and classic breads.
Also, om the sea salt coffee, it's better if you shake it up a bit, to mix it better (to the person who complained about the yuck on the bottom).
I love this place and so glad it's close to work.
Hyperbowler: I didn't notice any pear juice, just the sea salt iced coffee, smoothies, etc.
3rd visit w/ pics - wait time is a little less Sat afternoon maybe 20-30 min:
Premium milk $1.85 - not the same as Milk Pudding Bun - oops. Premium milk has white chocolate guy told me, which I could have put it back cuz I don't like white chocolate - oh well.
Taro swirl $1.65- will try soon
Milk pudding $1.45 - just ok. Cream inside, boring bun.
Marble taro $2 - ask for it behind Cashier. Huge, inside some taro, not that tasty.
Mochi egg tart $1.65 - small w/ burnt top. Mochi is above the bottom crust I think, can't really taste it, egg tart is similar to others I've tried.
Charged my total $11.90.
To preface this, I didn't wait at all in line, so my experience hasn't been colored by the long wait. We took the stuff home and gently reheated it in the oven to give it a fair shake, something we do for all Chinese baked goods and pastries to great results.
Had the brioche, mochi egg tart and milk custard bun.
Sweetness is higher than I'd expect for an Chinese bakery, but I guess that relative to the average palate, would still slot in as "less sweet".
On the quality continuum, it's better than Sheng Kee and Sogo, but I still prefer Kee Wah for Chinese bread/buns. Haven't had PB because it's pastry-focused, and I prefer a western specialist like Fleur de Cocoa for that.
- The brioche was pretty good.
- The milk custard bun was cloyingly sweet inside.
- The portuguese/mochi egg tart was merely average, both in the pastry quality and the quality of the filling. I really like the version at Koi Palace, which even when brought home as leftovers and reheated, was far better than this.
Perhaps I'm being overly harsh, but I fail to see the hype and think it's at best, in line with what Kee Wah puts out. Perhaps if/when it opens closer to home, I'll give it another try.
One thing about the sea salt iced coffee is to be sure to get it sealed and shake the bejeezus out of it before drinking so the salt/whipped cream gets mixed in with the coffee.