I wanted to stop in on Friday and try some complementary cake on their opening day, but I had to work late and didn't make it.
So today, after the farmer's market, we wandered over. [The Palo Alto farmer's market has some great stone fruit right now.] The bakery is very nice inside - clean, cool, blond wood tables and chairs, quiet and relaxing. The display case was filled with delicious looking pastries. Things I noted for future sampling: a raspberry chocolate tarte where the raspberries looked absolutely fresh; a oval molded sesame blanc mange; slices of cream filled jellyroll cakes (chocolate and white); strawberry shortcake (looked like sponge, whipped cream and strawberries); an interesting orange bread - a baked dough round covered with a layer of cream cheese and syrup-soaked orange slices. They serve the usual array of drinks, plus lassis.
I initially planned to get a cream puff, but the mango pudding seduced me. It looked so pretty, all pale orange and creamy in its little cup, covered with a generous layer of mango chunks. Luckily, its looks didn't deceive, it was delicious, light, fluffy, fruity with perfectly ripe mango. Whenever I get dim sum, I always get mango pudding which invariably has unripe mango, this was so much better.
I'll definitely go back. It's clear they take a lot of care, in terms of aesthetics and taste. I'm impressed with the quality of their fruit too. In Japan, I found that the light cake style sometimes translated into dry and tasteless, I hope that's not the case here.
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