Today I had the absolute pleasure of stopping by the notorious 85ºC Bakery Cafe, an eclectic little chain bakery that has the cutest desserts.
Now, I’m trying my best to be responsible and socially distance myself, which includes not dining in anywhere or spending time in crowded places so I was very pleased to see that 85ºC had a maximum of 8 people in the cafe at any given time. I extra appreciated that they were strictly enforcing this rule and regularly were asking that customers wait outside if they were at capacity.
In addition to these rules, all previously exposed items were individually wrapped for our protection.
The staff was friendly and the place looked clean. The selection was immense, although many items were missing labels which made it hard to decide what to get since the majority of their selection just looks like varying degrees of bread. There was also a very minimal wait in line thanks to the restricted number of people allowed inside, which was nice.
All in all, my experience visiting 85ºC Bakery Cafe and picking out my food was great! Was it tasty? Well that’s another story.
Classic Tiramisu – $3.20
I am devastated to start out here, friends. I love tiramisu. I’m a sucker for it. I get it almost every time it’s offered on a menu. It’s so stinking good. And you know what? I don’t even like coffee! But holy cow do I love a good tiramisu.
But I guess that’s the caveat, isn’t it? It’s gotta be good tiramisu.
Well if you have any sense of inference, you’ve probably deduced that this particular slice of tiramisu wasn’t great. In fact, it was one of the least good I’ve had. I don’t know what the deal was but the cake was too dry, the cream was too runny, and there was an overwhelming amount of cocoa powder on top – think like cinnamon challenge amounts of cocoa powder for all you gen z-ers out there. Not a cute look my friends.
Are you as disappointed as I am? I mean probably not because you at least didn’t spend $3.20 on an incredibly disappointing piece of mediocre-at-best tiramisu.
Classic Tiramisu Pay Up or Pass: PASS
Banana Chocolate Square – $3.20
This was one of those things that I gravitated towards because it looked like chocolate cake with chocolate mouse and chocolate shavings on top – you know, a diabetic dream ( / nightmare depending on your outlook on the world).
Anyway, upon further inspection of the label, it was in fact not your average chocolate cake with chocolate mouse and chocolate shavings on top. It was actually a banana chocolate cake with chocolate mouse and chocolate shavings on top. HUGE distinction, let me tell ya.
Or at least it should have been.
In an ideal world, this would have been a nice moist, dense banana bread complimented by a light, fluffy chocolate mouse filling, and sprinkled with dark chocolate shavings for a different element of texture.
Instead, I got a big slab of various degrees of chocolate that together were just too rich and practically inedible.
Listen, I love me a good hunk of triple chocolate cake, okay, I’m here for it. But don’t tease me with a good time like a chocolate banana cake and then just leave me hanging. It’s just rude.
I’m passing on this one, not because it wasn’t tasty – I’d give it like a 7/10 – but because I felt like I didn’t get what I was sold. The banana element was lost in all the chocolate which again, is fine if I had purchased a chocolate cake, but disappointing for a “Banana Chocolate Square.”
Banana Chocolate Square Pay Up or Pass: PASS
Sugar Cream Cheese Brioche – $1.80
I’m honestly kind of on the fence about this one. It was not unpleasant by any means, but it also wasn’t groundbreaking, and if you know me at all, you know I rarely settle for less than life-changing.
So here we are, average cheese-danish-type-pastry-thing in hand, with just a mixed bag of emotions.
The bread was chewy which was good, but definitely leaned onto the dry side of the spectrum. The cheese was also a bit more rubbery than I would have liked which leads me to believe that it had been sitting out for a while – not a good look for cheese.
Long story short, it tasted kinda like a danish but less sweet. The light flavors would likely pair nicely with coffee or fruit.
Was it terrible? No
Would I get it again? Also no.
Do with that what you will.
Sugar Cream Cheese Brioche Pay Up or Pass: PASS
Mango Panna Cotta – $5.10
This was another odd one for me. I’m a huge mango fan, and the flavor of this dessert was good, I enjoyed the chunks of mango, but for some reason it just wasn’t my thing.
It was a nice dessert, not too sweet which I appreciate (because I can shovel down more before feeling like I’m actively cultivating a garden of cavities, obviously). The fresh mango chunks tasted ripe and not too sour but, sour enough to provide a contrast in taste as well as texture.
I don’t know what my deal is with this one my dudes, maybe I’m just a hater but it was not for me. To be fair, I didn’t eat it right away so it wasn’t as gelatinous as it likely was when I purchased it, but this one was a little weird for me.
I’m gonna go ahead and give this one a solid 7.5 out of 10 because I really couldn’t put my finger on any one thing that I didn’t like, so I’d probably try it again in the future, but it just went down a little funny this time. I don’t know what to tell ya.
Mango Panna Cotta Pay Up or Pass: PERHAPS
Blueberry Cheesecake – $3.00
Alright we’re finally getting to the good stuff. If we’re going off of cheesecake alone, I’d give this bad boy a 9.5/10.
Unfortunately, there were more elements to consider than just the cheesecake here.
Like I said, the cheesecake part of this dessert was fantastic. Not too sweet but incredibly flavorful, nice and creamy but with some good texture to it. Really the only better cheesecake is the one my aunt makes for Christmas, and there’s a really good chance that I’m biased because it also comes with gifts.
My issues with this cheesecake come with all the other components. The cookie crust was good, but it was very thin, almost negligible, and when it comes to food, it doesn’t make too much sense to have aspects that are just unnecessary. I would have preferred a much thicker crunchier crust to counterbalance the creaminess of the cheesecake. But again, the flavor (what little there was) was tasty.
Obviously this was a prepackaged chain bakery dessert and not something made to order with love. That being said, I wasn’t in love with the choice to incorporate blueberries into this cheesecake. Blueberry cheesecake, in general, sounds fantastic! But I feel like it was poorly executed here. The blueberry was just a marbling on the top of the cheesecake which was aesthetically pleasing, but the flavor was overpowered by the cheesecake and the utter lack of crust (please see the aforementioned gripes above).
Additionally, the blueberry has a similar taste and consistency to jam or jelly as opposed to anything even remotely belonging on top of a cheesecake. I think it would have been better as a whole dessert that they serve individually at the counter, which appear to be more fresh. Then they could have used a blueberry glaze or reduction which would have been more flavorful.
IS THAT ASKING SO MUCH?!
All this to say, the cheesecake itself was great, and although I have a lot of feelings about the differentiating elements of this dessert, I would give this an overall 8 ish / 10 because the star of the show – the cheesecake – was quite tasty.
Blueberry Cheesecake Pay Up or Pass: PAY UP
Souffle Cheesecake – $5.85
You’ve all seen the videos on Tasty of that glorious fluffy jiggly cheesecake. Don’t lie to me, you know the one.
It’s the cheesecake that wiggled it’s way into our hearts in early 2019 and made us all feel like we could eat all our oh-so-simple, pre-dumpster-fire-aka-2020 problems away.
Yeah, that one.
Anyway, I’ve been obsessed with these suckers for years now. I had my first one in Canada back in March and promptly fell in love. So when I saw one at my local 85ºC for the low low price of just $5.85, you can bet your bottom dollar that that cheesecake was on my tray faster than the speed of light (your girl doesn’t mess around when it comes to jiggly cheesecakes).
I will say that I preferred the one I purchased in Canada from Uncle Tetsu Japanese Cheesecake (which I literally just right now discovered has a location a mere two hours away whilst researching this incredibly riveting blog post). That one had more juggle per square inch – an important distinction to make.
This one was also good, but it was a bit more dense, and if you know anything about cheesecake physics, you’ll know that as density increases, jiggle-ability decreases. It’s simple science, really, but I’m very busy and don’t have time to explain such detailed technicalities at this present moment.
I wish this cheesecake had more wiggle, for funsies but also because I preferred the texture. But let’s give this guy a fair chance to shine independently from other jiggle cheesecakes on the market.
I think this particular cheesecake was a little too much cake and not enough cheese. It seemed a bit too dense and cakey to be a cheesecake, which I typically expect to be on the airy side (I associate cheesecake more heavily with cheese than cake). This particular cake has a texture more similar to angel food or sponge cake. The flavor was fantastic, not too sweet if you wanted to enjoy it for breakfast with some coffee and fruit, but could be topped with some chocolate chips or a caramel drizzle for a nice dessert.
I really liked this cake; it was light, yet flavorful. The jiggle novelty was cute. Plus you can’t beat that price. I would highly recommend snagging one of these if you have the opportunity.
Souffle Cheesecake Pay Up or Pass: PAY UP
Mystery Cheesecake Pocket Cake / Bread Thing – ???
Okay, don’t hate me.
You have to promise or I’m not gonna tell you.
Well if you’ve gotten this part, I’m taking it as implied consent (which is only acceptable in reading situations I might not-so-gently add).
This was the best dessert I got. It was flavorful and had a great texture. It was light, but still sweet. But also not so sweet that you couldn’t have it for breakfast (I’m Mexican – we have dessert for breakfast okay, get on board). The filling reached all the way to the outside so you didn’t have any of those horribly awkward bites of just straight up bread. Everything about it was 10/10 perfect.
But here’s the thing. I have no idea what it’s called.
I couldn’t find it on the website, and I didn’t check my receipt in the place so I didn’t realize that they didn’t ring me up for it and now I’m just devastated because it’s so good. Truly I cannot recommend it enough. If you were going to try one thing, I would tell you to try this. But I suck. And for that, I will forever been sorry.
Jeez this isn’t even a good picture because it got squished in the bag. Everything is falling apart now so we’re gonna wrap this up.
Okay so, imagine this, but like a little more inflated okay. It was a sweet bun with a creamy cheese filling and it was TO 👏 DIE 👏 FOR. If you see it, buy it. Trust me, you won’t regret it. Have I ever steered you wrong?
Mystery Cheesecake Pocket Cake / Bread Thing Pay Up or Pass: PAY UP
Long Story Short
I’d give 85ºC Bakery Cafe a solid 8/10. Although my soul wasn’t transformed by most of their products, they definitely had a few winners that I’ll likely be purchasing again in the future given the opportunity.
I really enjoyed the experience inside the cafe; the layout and was aesthetically pleasing and everyone was helpful and happy to make recommendations upon request which I always appreciate.
If you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to snag a Souffle Cheesecake and if you can find something that looks even remotely like the photo of my Mystery Dessert, run, don’t walk, your hiney to the register because it was fantastic.