Mixed Plate Friday

Deluxe Strawberry Cream Cake (8 inch) | $38.00
strawberry chiffon cake layers filled with strawberry mousse and vanilla creme brulee. decorated with fresh cream, strawberries, white chocolate shavings, and cocoa powder.

My Dad’s birthday is in late October and since my brother also has a late October birthday, we already got our favorite mango cake from Elvin’s. So I made a rash decision to go to 85°C Bakery Cafe in Ala Moana. It was during their soft opening week and I went around 1PM on a weekday. Oh boy, the line was nuts. And the shelves were slim, each time the poor worker came out with fresh goods, people swarmed her like we are all starving.

I didn’t get a picture of it but their egg custard tarts are ABSOLUTELY worth the hype. If you get a chance, go try it. It looks like the custard tarts from dim sum restaurants but the crust is not at all the same. It’s buttery and flakey, light and cripsy. The custard is sweet but not overly sweet. You gotta try it.

Oh sorry, back to the cake. I actually wanted their mango cake but they were all sold out. This was my second choice. It was good. But I don’t like whipped cream so you can kind of guess where I stand with this cake. If you like the description of this cake, you will absolutely love it. And how cute is their writing for the message! The hearts are such a cute touch!

If you ever want to go just to try their drinks, they have a touch screen machine right by the bar so you can order it there and get your drink right there instead of standing in the bakery line. But shoot, if you’re there, get the pastries!

Look at me being all fancy with this shot. I was curious about the puffed granola so I got it to eat with my greek yogurt. It’s pretty good, I mean it just tastes like sweetened rice krispies or something. Just an FYI. 🙂

Tofu & Watercress Salad (add Salmon Katsu) | $17.00
chopped romaine, sumida farm’s watercress, tofu, tomato, cucumber, soy vinaigrette

We love picking up lunch from Hamada General Store and if you follow their instagram, they get some killer daily specials. I am always tempted. For this lunch order, I decided to go somewhat lighter and got this salad. I enjoyed it very much. The watercress was nice and tender. The watercress is raw if that means anything to you folks, I didn’t mind it since it was so tender. I usually like my watercress quickly blanched. The dressing tasted good and the salmon was cooked PERFECT. Not at all dry. I was kind of expecting like a sauce for the salmon similar to Sushi King but that’s only cause I was used to Sushi King. Didn’t need it. They give plenty dressing for this salad so you can dip the salmon in it if you need more flavor.

6 responses to “Mixed Plate Friday

  1. kat

    biased because I know one of the owners, I love hamada gs…that cake looked ono! will check out their stuff next time I am back:)

    • Jenny

      Haha you do?? Well they doing a great job, I’m amazed at the variety of the specials they have daily! Wish I could eat there everyday. You got plenty to try next time you visit home!

  2. jalna

    You had me at “egg custard tart”.

  3. I never went to Hamada General Store. Now I gotta try.

    Did you see Awesomely Charles’ YouTube video about 85°C Bakery? I don’t really like those sausage pastries but the way he enjoyed the meat ones make me want to try the place.

    Taiwanese Bakeries are known for having really good light desserts. JJ Bakery in Irvine had a killer strawberry mochi. I wonder if the one in town is related.

    • Jenny

      Yes! Gotta! If you have instagram, follow their account. They post their daily specials and sometimes you gotta call in right when they open to place your order in cause they sell out fast!

      I didn’t watch Charles’ video, I gonna say. I did try the spicy sausage roll and while I like it, it’s not a regular hot dog so kids won’t really like them. JJ Bakery, everytime I’ve been in there, the staff are so unfriendly that I don’t go back. I think you should just go 85C haha!

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