650 Eats: Bundt Cakes, Smitten Ice Cream & Jook
You can now have delicious Bundt cake or custom nitrogen processed ice cream at the new dessert spots in the 650, hooray! In Burlingame, a hot new café has great options from jook to pizza, and catering, too, for the office types in our midst.
In Millbrae, it’s time to pick your fave flav: red velvet, chocolate turtle, pecan praline, chocolate chocolate, or lemon. The newest Nothing Bundt Cakes – other local locations are in Dublin, Emeryville, Walnut Creek, San Carlos and Fremont – specializes in modern Bundt cakes, and early reviews are enthusiastic about how moist and light the cakes and bundtinis (a mini-Bundt cake) taste! (We're sort of relieved the bundtini is not a cake-derived boozy drink, too).
Each 8” and 10” Bundt cake features custom concept cake decorations. There are larger Bundts that serve up to 18 people and tiered cakes, which serve up to 26 people — but, do plan on ordering in advance for these party items. Founded in 1997, Nothing Bundt Cakes is headquartered in Las Vegas. The Millbrae opening makes a total of 83 bakeries open across 19 states. In store, look out for cute must-haves like aprons to keep things gifty. 140 South El Camino Real, Millbrae; (650) 552-9625.
In related, exciting dessert news, Robyn Sue Fisher opened Smitten in the Whole Foods Market in Los Altos — a familiar sweet treat for those in the know in San Francisco who have tasted her creamy and velvety custom ice cream in Hayes Valley. Los Altos is the first location outside of San Francisco for Smitten. The Smitten experience is all about customization with each cup. Before your eyes, a Brrrista (a magically attractive bunch) makes the ice cream in a chilly process that uses liquid nitrogen. Each batch takes three minutes and definitely gives off nice science class vibes given the use of liquid nitrogen. Flavors range from TCHO chocolate – a New American classic in its own right – composed of 68 percent chocolate. Or try zingy fresh mint, which indeed uses real mint leaves, and salted caramel, which is something of a must for any creamery worth its salt (get it?). There is also a rotating seasonal flavor of the month, which for January means Meyer lemon gingersnap. Whole Foods Market at 4800 El Camino Real, Los Altos; (650) 559-0100.
Neworld Cafe has landed in Burlingame, with reasonable prices on filling fare and a decidedly international vibe: jook gets the Chinese rice treatment complete with onion garnish and a dry shrimp rice roll. Or there’s a filling breakfast burrito if you need an on-the-go option. The omelets range from a saucy Spaniard – where chorizo is the definite star – to the eggtastic Mile High, with ham and bell peppers. The cafe’s menu is pretty straightforward with definite variety: personal pizzas compete with the rotating hot lunch and there is an Asian entrée with or without soup or salad and dessert if you go for the full lunch option. The space is also home to a catering company that has pictures of some pretty good looking dishes. 833 Mahler Road, Suite 10, Burlingame; (650) 239-9750.