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.
Sweet Orchid did not respond to several interview requests. According to the website, owner Leslie Wong opened the Fremont shop in 2009, inspired by gelato she had tried in Rome, Italy.
Wong holds a bachelor's degree in dietetics and a master's degree in food science and Nutrition, according to the Sweet Orchid website. Given gelato contains less fat than ice cream, she saw it as "the perfect canvas for her to merge her culinary passion and nutrition background," the website reads. She took gelato-making classes and started making her own flavors at home before opening Sweet Orchid.
The Fremont location 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.
Opening hours in Menlo Park were noon to 8 p.m., according to a Sweet Orchid Facebook post.