Regent Bakery is a bakery specializing in Eurasian Baked goods and Chinese pastries.
Mrs. C and I were cruising Richmond when we came across Regent. Three buns for $1.40? That seemed like a good deal. We got a few kinds of buns and cakes and took them home. The place looked very nice inside, and the server was quite helpful.
As a previous reviewer stated they have small buns, but for the price it was reasonable. They also have mini Swiss rolls and lots of different breads. I liked what I tasted, and I thought the cheesecake with fluffy white cake inside was interesting. The cream buns were great, but the tuna buns could use more fish. Despite the shortcomings, I will probably go back for more.
They have the best egg tarts (dan tat)! Other stuff is average compared to other Chinese bakeries. I like their Black Forest Chocolate cake, has jello pieces instead of cherries in it though. And yes, the buns are all smaller but they're also a bit cheaper than most places, so it works out.
A lot of items look dry, I guess they are not that fresh. Everything is tiny. I don't get it. Are these baked products for Asian tea party so they have to be small? LOL! I think it's a price trick. They make it tiny so the single unit price seems cheaper than other bakeries. But you need to have 3 to 4 of them to fill you up, 3 (or 4) of their buns equal one bun from any other shops. That's very lame. They don't think customers can see what they are doing? There are so many bakeries in this town, that's just not a way to beat out the competition.
I bought a few items. The tart is good. At least one item is good and enjoyable. The rest of the stuff are no good and not even that fresh, very dry.
I am a regular customer at this bakery - the bakery has decently-priced buns and pastries. After being a regular for several years, I decided to get a birthday cake from this place. I ordered a coffee mousse cake. When you order a birthday cake, you expect it to be at fresh. The cake looked fine - nothing too fancy; it is a pretty standard looking birthday cake. But then we noticed the fruits on top were starting to turn brown and there was a layer of fruit juice that oozed from the fruits on to the surface of the coffee mousse. Once we started cutting the cake, we saw that the bottom layer of the cake looked pretty dry/hard for a mousse cake. We ignored it (because we needed a birthday cake for a celebration) and went ahead to eat it. The coffee mousse was spoiled. The fruit had a very off taste to it. The sponge cake layers were so dry that they were tough. It was disgusting. We called the bakery the next morning and told them what happened. We received the worst customer service. The owner/manager said that they have been making cakes for 18 years and have never sold a spoiled cake and that it is impossible it is spoiled. We brought the cake back to the store and the owner wasn't there. They refused to give us an apology or any sort of refund.
This regular customer will never be purchasing baked goods (in this case, baked bads) there ever again.
Since there is a ton of Chinese bakeries in Richmond, I tend to go for each one's "specialty' items. For this bakery, they were known for fresh mango cake. It is a little pricey but it's worth it. Outside is covered by thin layers of fresh mango and chunks of fresh mango cubes and fresh whipped cream inside. Very light and fresh.