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Sweet Orchid brings gelato scoops, cakes and milkshakes to Menlo Park

Uploaded: Jul 27, 2020
Sweet Orchid, a Fremont gelato and pastry shop, is now scooping dozens of flavors of gelato from a new location in Menlo Park.

Sweet Orchid opened on Saturday, July 25, at 403 El Camino Real, according to a Facebook post. The space was last the longtime home of Yogurt Stop, which closed in 2018 after more than 30 years of business.


Sweet Orchid is newly opened in Menlo Park's Allied Arts neighborhood. Photo by Elena Kadvany.

According to the website, the original owner, Leslie Wong, opened the Fremont shop in 2009, inspired by gelato she had tried in Rome, Italy. She holds a bachelor's degree in dietetics and a master's degree in food science and nutrition, according to the Sweet Orchid website, and took gelato-making classes and started making her own flavors at home before opening Sweet Orchid.

When Wong retired four years ago, her niece, Kelvina Chan, a longtime Menlo Park resident, took over the business. When the opportunity came up, she jumped at the chance to open a second location in her own community.

Sweet Orchid serves more than 60 flavors of gelato that change daily, from almond and lavender to durian, lychee and chocolate-cayenne. There are also gelato buns (a scoop of gelato inside a flat, warm bun), gelato sandwiches, gelato cakes and gelato milkshakes.

Sweet Orchid also makes sorbet and a variety of baked goods, including taro-vanilla sponge cake, tiramisu, German chocolate cake, hand-piped macarons and mochi, plus coffee and tea. Customers can add boba pearls to any iced drink.

Sweet Orchid Menlo Park is open Tuesday-Wednesday 3:30-8 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday 2-8 p.m. The shop is closed on Monday.
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Posted by Ranch Gal , a resident of Atherton,
on Jul 27, 2020 at 2:57 pm

Not open. Sign says CLOSED ????????????
3 pm 7/27


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Posted by SCB94303, a resident of Adobe-Meadow,
on Jul 29, 2020 at 4:23 am

SCB94303 is a registered user.

Maybe it isn't open on Sundays? They may not get enough traffic yet if people aren't aware of it, so I am glad you called attention to it with your article, since it is not visible driving south on El Camino.


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Posted by SCB94303, a resident of Adobe-Meadow,
on Jul 29, 2020 at 4:26 am

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Re above comment: As far as I know, the entrance is from the parking lot in the rear.


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Posted by Elena Kadvany, a resident of another community,
on Jul 29, 2020 at 7:46 am

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Ranch Gal: The Fremont location is closed on Mondays, so Menlo Park could have the same hours of operation. You could try calling before you go next time: 650-391-9239.


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Posted by Piliguy, a resident of Mountain View,
on Jul 30, 2020 at 12:51 pm

Per the owner's reply on FB, their normal hours are Tue-Sun 12pm-8pm. Please call 650-391-9239 to confirm their hours.


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