I am looking to get my fix of and to introduce you to mouth-watering breads from 85 Degrees Bakery in Irvine! Since it’s a trek to get there, I thought we could pair it with having yummy dim sum and maybe a little stroll through the Korean market, H Mart.
About 85 Degrees Bakery
Why is this placed named 85 Degrees Bakery? Because the founder believes that 85 degrees Celcius (which is 185 degrees Fahrenheit) is the perfect temperature for a good cup of coffee. I have not tested this theory out. You coffee drinkers can let me know. J
If you have not had the experience of eating bread from 85 Degrees, you’ve really been missing out. The bakery originated in Taiwan in 2004, they have 325 locations in Taiwan and Australia, and opened their Irvine location in 2008. The Irvine location has become the company’s highest grossing store. In peak periods, it can take about 30 minutes in line just to get inside to buy the bread – but soooo worth it. There are many breads that are either sweet or savory, and some that are both. Everything is soft and fresh and the bread is constantly being made. When they bring out the new trays of bread, watch out, stampede!
Breads are very inexpensively priced, but you will probably still spend about $15 easily because your eyes will be bigger than your stomach! They also have very beautiful cakes and pastries, fun non-alcoholic Asian style drinks, and coffee/tea. My favorite is the Rose Cheese bun – part sweet bread, part taro bread, some cream cheese concoction and I think a hint of cherries. Some of us who live in or near Torrance have gone to J&J Bakery, but 85 Degrees is much, much better. They are actually in Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/85C_Bakery_Cafe and here is their website www.85cafe.us
About Capital Seafood Restaurant
Capital Seafood is your typical big-roomed dim sum place. Nice, clean, friendly people and lots of good dim sum being carted around for you to choose from. Though we are going to 85 Degrees, I am also looking forward to an Almond Milk Pastry dish at Capital. Hard to describe it, but it’s kind of like comfort food. http://www.capital-seafood.com/irvine/
Parking – the bakery and restaurant are in the Diamond Jamboree Center and are a few doors apart from each other. The parking lot can be a zoo. Have patience. There is high turnover so you shouldn’t have to circle around too much to get a spot.
Carpool from San Pedro and other parts of South Bay?!?!