Review: 85° C Bakery Cafe, Irvine

by Kelsey

This luscious red-bean filled bun was only $1.00. The whole concept of the Taiwan-based 85° C Bakery Cafe is assembly-line: you enter, grab a tray and tongs, file through the bakery area and fill your tray with baked goods all between $1 and $2, then wait in the long (but efficient) line while they bag your goodies and rush you out.

Maybe some who are more cultured in Asian bakeries would scoff at this chain, as coffee connoisseurs scoff at Starbucks-wielding ignoramuses. But to me, it was a whole new concept, and everything was just so cheap.

They also have heavenly brioche ($1.20, below), beautiful little cakes that look like works of art, and their specialty: sea-salt coffee. The tomato basil bread, above, was only $1.20.

But I digress. $1.00, folks. One. Dollar. Try it at least once.

85° C Bakery Cafe
Diamond Jamboree Shopping Center
2700 Alton Parkway, St.# 123 Irvine, CA, 92606
949-553 -8585

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lynn September 10, 2009 - 2:36 am

yum – i have to be in irvine this weekend and may just swing by….

Gaijin Jillian October 8, 2009 - 10:12 pm

It's kind of like Japan!!!


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