I have found a new favorite OC place — the 85 Degrees Bakery Cafe in Irvine. This bakery is inexpensive and amazing. I have never been a fan of Asian baked goods, mostly because my exposure has been limited to sweet breads filled with red bean paste. This bakery has converted me–Asian pastries rock!
When we first walked in we weren’t exactly sure how it worked–it seemed kind of crazy. There are two separate lines: one line for cake and/or drinks and one line for pastries. If you want pastries (and we did) grab a tray and some tongs, head on over to the self-serve area and start grabbing. There are shelves full of every kind of pastry you could imagine, both sweet and savory. My favorites are the Blueberry Cream Cheese Bun, the Garlic Cheese Bread and the Brioche Bread. When you check out, they individually wrap each item for you. Everything is super cheap, too. We got five or six things for under $10. Don’t be intimidated by the long line, they move you through really fast. We stuck to pastries on our initial visit, we’ll have to come back for cake and drinks. The cakes look amazing and many people were ordering the Sea Salt Latte (which they are famous for). There are several more of the pastries we want to try, we will definitely be back.
There are also many, many Asian restaurants in the Diamond Jamboree complex that look tasty. I can’t wait to try them out!
85 Degrees Bakery Cafe
2700 Alton Parkway, Suite #123
Irvine, CA 92606