Bread Pudding Challenge, Week 2: Café Eau


Happy Wednesday! How are you doing on this lovely (and freezing) morning? I’m doing really well, and a lot of it has to do with this:

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I’m one of the Riverfront Times’ nominees for Best Food Blog! I found out the news yesterday; the winners will be announced on January 24th. Am I excited? You better believe it! I’m also nervous/scared/intimidated/etc. The competition is stiff! My fingers (and toes) are crossed.

On to bread pudding! As you know, Jess and I are doing a challenge; we’re setting out to find the best bread pudding in St. Louis! Two girls on a dessert-eating mission. Who wouldn’t love that? Winking smile

This week’s adventure brought me to Café Eau. This cozy café is nestled in the Chase Park Plaza in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis. I had dinner here as well (I’ll review that another day, I promise!), but the focus of today’s review is their bread pudding.

Café Eau has gooey butter bread pudding on their menu. I was really excited to try it, since I’m a huge fan of gooey butter cake.


It looks pretty gorgeous, right? It was served with a generous scoop of french vanilla ice cream, and rested in a pool of chocolate syrup, a bit of caramel, and a side of strawberries. Picture perfect.

Too bad it was pretty awful. Unfortunately, I wasn’t a fan of this bread pudding at all. While it was piping hot (a plus), it was totally wrong, texture-wise. The outside was crispy, and the inside was, well…gooey. It was almost custard-like. Bread pudding this was not.

Aside from the horrendous texture, the flavor of this bread pudding was almost bitter. I almost had to pair each bite of the bread pudding with sweet ice cream and chocolate sauce to mask the bitter flavor of the dessert. It was bad. I could only manage to down a few bites before I decided I had had enough.

I’ll address the other aspects of Café Eau (my entrée, the service, the prices, etc.) during another review. However, based on bread pudding alone, Café Eau will now be named Café No in my book. No bueno.

Can’t win em all, right? Hopefully the next bread pudding spot will be better!

  • Show Me The Sugar

    Congrats on the RFT Nomination!! You go Girl!

    • Anonymous

      Thank you so much!

  • I have had both a delicious and an unimpressive piece of gooey butter cake at Cafe Eau, but I’ve never tried the bread pudding. Now I guess I have the heads up! Loving this series!

    • Anonymous

      You definitely have the heads up! I’m sure Cafe Eau’s bread pudding has its fans, but I’m definitely not one of them!

      I’m really glad you’re enjoying this series! Thanks for reading and commenting!

  • Hey, congrats on the RFT nomination. Too bad about the bad bread pudding at Café Eau. I haven’t been there, but it sounds like it’s not worth the bother. I’ll be really interesting, though, to see which bread pudding is St. Louis’ best!

    • Anonymous

      Thank you!

      Yeah…Cafe Eau really isn’t worth the bother, in my opinion. The bread pudding was terrible, and my dinner wasn’t great, either. I’ll put up a review of the rest of my meal at Cafe Eau at a later date. It’s definitely not worth the expensive price.

  • Kimmrenea

    CONGRATS on the nomination! WOOT-WOOT! Your blog is fabulous for many reasons: Aestically gorgeous, intriguing reading, humor, honesty, straight to the point, informative, always something new. I’m routing for you!!! Eww on the Cafe No BP.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks so much, Renea! I’m super excited about the nomination! I’ll be holding my breath until they announce the winner on Tuesday! Even if I don’t win, it’s still an honor to be considered. 🙂

      Yeah…this bread pudding was pretty awful. Never again for Cafe Eau!

  • Tjshana1

    Congratulations on your nomination, Stephanie! Very exciting. Cafe Eau has seen better days…I used to go there 8 or 9 years ago once in a while when it was crawling with cougars. These days, just the occasional hag. Not surprised their bread pudding didn’t cut it.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you! I’m super excited about the nomination.

      I’m sad I didn’t get to try Cafe Eau during its heyday…I’m sure it was great back then! I had no idea it was a cougar hangout! That’s hilarious!

  • Bmhhisto

    Perhaps the bread pudding needed BBQ sauce?!

    • Anonymous

      Haha — perhaps! BBQ sauce makes everything better…:)

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