Flavor Bakery & Cafe, a new family-run, friendly eatery in Redmond, offers a little bit of everything from bubble tea to beef chow mein to mango cheesecake.
“We got everything you want right here,” said owner Joe Tso, who runs the operation with his wife, Ade, and his two sons.
Flavor Bakery & Cafe specializes in cookies, pastries and cakes, including wedding cakes and tiramisu, but also offers a wide variety of healthy Asian cuisine — from noodle dishes to curry combinations. Ade pointed out there is no MSG in any of their lunch and dinner dishes. In addition, they offer smoothies and bubble tea — both especially popular on hot summer days.
Ade said she bakes new items everyday and there is nothing that is day-old.
“Everything is made fresh,” Ade said.
Eastsiders may recognize Joe and Ade, who ran their bakery and cafe at the Factoria Mall in Bellevue the previous seven years before moving their business to Redmond last month. Joe said their lease came to an end at Factoria and so they decided to move to Redmond, where they live.
The bright, clean business has a similar look to its Bellevue location with plenty of artwork on the walls. The wide variety of selections are easy to choose from on the cafe’s computerized menu boards.
But the main focus of Joe and Ade is to provide friendly, quality service.
“This is an excellent location,” said Joe, whose business is located at 16118 NE 87th Street. “The people here are great. People who come in are our friends, not just customers.”
Joe and Ade, who moved to Redmond from Hong Kong 10 years ago, are fairly new to the restaurant business. Neither had a background in the restaurant industry. As a matter of fact, Joe’s sister, Teresa, who runs Regent Bakery in Bellevue, taught them everything they know.
“She was the big reason we got into this,” Joe said.
The cafe started out just as a bakery, but has expanded over the years. They are constantly updating their menu, making sure customers have a wide variety of foods and deserts to choose from.
“I think we have something for everybody here,” Joe said.
Flavor Bakery & Cafe is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Call (425) 556-3999 for orders to go.