Restaurant of the Week: 85 Degrees C Bakery Cafe, Claremont

85 Degrees C Bakery Cafe, 428 Auto Center Drive (at Indian Hill), Claremont; open daily

I’ve been to the Chinese bakery chain 85 Degrees (Celsius) in Chino Hills a few times, which will tell you I like it. One opened up in Claremont last fall, in the Super King center.

Even though I live in Claremont, my lone visit so far was not on my way to work or on a weekend but rather for a workday meal. I was headed to an interview in Claremont at 4 p.m. one day from our Rancho Cucamonga office and needed a quick lunch. It occurred to me that 85 Degrees was right off the freeway and wouldn’t take long.

It’s in a space in the middle of the center that previously housed a couple of Mediterranean restaurants in succession. I was skeptical of how this would work, given that the Chino Hills space is probably four times larger, and with a patio. But the selection of serve-yourself items is about the same size as in Chino Hills. There’s no cake display and far less seating.

I grabbed a tray and tongs and picked up, in clockwise order below, a wheat mushroom roll ($1.65), apple danish ($1.80), pork sung bun ($1.80) and spinach danish ($2), plus a sea salt jasmine tea ($3, not pictured because it arrived after I started eating), paid and took the lone table available. I felt bad taking a table for four, but it was that or eat standing up, and besides, I wasn’t there long.

As always, I liked my items, with the wheat mushroom roll my favorite and the pork sung bun the least. If there were more seating, I would visit more often.

An 85 Degrees opened in December in Rancho Cucamonga. Suddenly, they’re everywhere!

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  • DebB

    I’d like to try it, but I hate that shopping center. Parking is a huge hassle and the place is always packed. Unfortunately for me, I like Super King.

    • davidallen909

      Yeah, parking always seems to be at a premium there.

  • John Morris

    I haven’t been to that location but at some other shopping mall locations I’ve noticed that they have somewhat different items at different times of the day (unlike a traditional bakery). So they’ve usually got (some different) fresh stuff whether you go there early in the morning or much later in the day. For variety you could go twice the same day and likely see different things.

    • davidallen909

      You should do their marketing, John! But thanks for the insider tip. I did think it might be a smaller selection than Chino Hills, like 2/3 the number of items, so what you say about the rotation of offerings throughout the day makes sense.