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Review: Rose Ave Bakery Brings Asian American Flavors to Woodley Park

The entrance to Rose Ave Bakery on Connecticut Avenue in Woodley Park. The bakery recently moved from downtown D.C. to this new location. (Naomi Breuer/International Dateline)

Rose Ave Bakery, an Asian American bakery, opened its doors to downtown D.C. in the Block Food Hall on March 11, 2020, the same day that the World Health Organization declared an international emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, the community’s engagement and Eater D.C.’s choice of Rose Ave as Bakery of the Year in 2021 have enabled the small business to overcome its challenging start. At its new Woodley Park location, the stand-alone bakery will expand its sweet and savory pastries and introduce a coffee program. 

The interior of Rose Ave Bakery in Woodley Park. (Naomi Breuer/International Dateline)

The bakery’s mission is “to reflect the palate of Asian Americans and to share knowledge, culture and Asian flavors to all,” according to their website. By being D.C.’s first modern Asian American bakery, its owners, Rosie Nguyen and Paula Wang, hope to “push the limits for Asian pastries to be fun, delicious and fresh.” 

Rose Ave’s pastries epitomize the multicultural WIS palette at a perfect price and proximity to campus. Dateline staff members Naomi Breuer (NB) and Zoe Hällström (ZH) reviewed popular menu items during the bakery’s soft opening on the week of April 3 to 9.

An assortment of pastries from Rose Ave Bakery. (Naomi Breuer/International Dateline)


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Black Sesame Donut

Rose Ave’s Black Sesame Donut. (Naomi Breuer/International Dateline)

NB: One of the softest, fluffiest, not-too-sweet donuts I have had, with a good amount of sugar on the outside to add a slight crunch, but not a strong enough sesame flavor to make it stand out (8/10).

ZH: So soft. A modest donut with subtle nutty and toasty tones (9/10).

Coconut Mochi Puffs

Rose Ave’s Coconut Mochi Puffs. (Naomi Breuer/International Dateline)

NB: The crunchy exterior and the chewy interior combined with the toasted sesame seeds and the fresh coconut flavor made this an ideal sweet snack (9.5/10). 

ZH: These soft puffs have a syrupy and subtle coconut flavor (7/10).

Garlicy Scallion Bun

Rose Ave’s Garlicy Scallion Bun. (Naomi Breuer/International Dateline)

NB: This pastry has great texture: flaky and crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside, but could use more scallion flavor to make it pop (8/10).

ZH: This flaky and buttery croissant-like pastry packs a punch of aromatic flavor (9.5/10).

Passion Fruit Donut

Rose Ave’s Passion Fruit Donut. (Naomi Breuer/International Dateline)

NB: This was beautiful both inside and out. The punch of the passion fruit and the soft, chewy dough made this pastry stand out (9/10). 

ZH: The tart passion fruit curd cuts through this sugary donut. This elevates the donut to the height and hype of Saint Honoré Bakery’s (8/10).

Ube Latte

NB: I am not a coffee person, which made the taste unappealing to me, but this was definitely one of the better coffees I have tried, as it felt natural and more subtle (3/10).

ZH: This purple iced latte tastes as vibrant as it looks. It’s strong, silky and sweetened with purple yam (9.5/10).

From right to left: Rose Ave’s Ube Latte and Green Thai Tea. (Naomi Breuer/International Dateline)

Green Thai Tea

NB: This is the perfect refreshing drink. It feels like a combination of an herbal tea and a tea latte that is authentic and less sweet than typical iced teas (9/10). 

ZH: Most customers would describe this tea as bright and refreshing but it’s too floral and watery for my taste (3/10).

Strawberry Lychee Rose Donut

Rose Ave’s Strawberry Lychee Rose Donut. (Naomi Breuer/International Dateline)

NB: One of the best donuts I have ever eaten. The soft dough, the sweet (but not too sweet!) cream and the freshness of the lychee and strawberry combined with a subtle rose flavor made this so complex and beautiful (9.5/10).

Strawberry Passion Kouign Amann

Rose Ave’s Strawberry Passion Kouign Amann. (Naomi Breuer/International Dateline)

NB: The flaky, croissant-like texture of this pastry mixed with the strong passion fruit flavor and sweet strawberry made this treat unique and worthwhile (8/10).

Visit Rose Ave Bakery at 2633 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, or visit its website:

By Naomi Breuer and Zoe Hällström

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Naomi Breuer
Naomi Breuer, Editor-in-Chief
I am Editor-in-Chief of Dateline this year. As a junior last year, I was a Publications Editor and Middle School News Advisor. As a sophomore, I was WIS News Editor, and Arts Editor as a freshman. Other than Dateline, I enjoy baking, playing guitar, biking and participating in Model UN.

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