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February 3, 2010 > Restaurant Review: Amia Bakery

Restaurant Review: Amia Bakery

By Shavon Walker

Anh Tran was working in a bakery in San Francisco. "My friends wanted to open a small business. We noticed that there was a need for natural, made-from-scratch, organic products. People didn't want corn syrup or additives in their food." Pooling their resources, Amia Bakery was born.

On a bright, cold Saturday morning, a friend and I visited the bakery located between Coldstone Creamery and Bed, Bath and Beyond in the HUB shopping center. The entrance is below a simple sign which sets the tone for the utilitarian interior. Amia saves its "wow" factor for products and service.

Lack of dˇcor visuals is more than compensated by stunning cakes, pastries and dazzling baked goods. Workers, busy preparing and baking in full sight, are friendly and attentive to customers. I decided to try veggie foccacia with spinach, mushrooms and cheese. It was delicious toasted, full of spinach flavor. The crust, seasoned with rosemary and a myriad of spices, was a culinary delight.

A companion on this 'jaunt de cuisine' chose a scone filled with blueberries. I stole a taste and was pleasantly surprised. Its smooth cake-like texture sprinkled with raw sugar heightened the flavor. Usually I need an accompanying beverage when enjoying scones but Amia Bakery has found the secret to creating a combination of excellent, mouthwatering taste and a moist, pleasing texture.

We both tried an 'opera cake' made of coffee soaked layers, buttercream, chocolate ganache and glaze. It was moist and chocolaty, the way opera cake should be. I regretted letting my companion finish the slice.

My husband managed to avoid being drawn into gluttony by choosing blueberry coffee cake. This was a wonderful fluffy cake with a faint taste of cinnamon. Unlike other bakeries, this cake wasn't buried under a heavy layer of strudel. The light coat let its taste shine through... definitely worth tasting.

I sampled Amia's fruit bread pudding which surprised me with its fruit selection. Blueberries and peaches were used and the result was excellent, not overly sweet. I personally thought this was the best choice.

Amia Bakery not only creates pastries, custom cakes for any occasion, including weddings, but sandwiches and other lunch items as well. Delicious Amia creations are not limited by traditional recipes; gluten, egg and sugar free cakes are also available.

Tran points out that Amia Bakery offers a wide range of pastry products from around the world. For instance, Pandan cupcakes, traditional in the Philippines, can be found here as well as pistachio flavorings from the Middle East. "We're fusing flavors from different traditions, which is Euro based," says Tran.

If you want to try something other than traditional bear claw pastry, this is the place. You'll be very glad you stopped by.

Reviewed on 1/18/10

Amia Bakery
39095 Fremont Hub
Fremont, CA 94538-1325
(510) 793-8808

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