Bravo! Cafe and Bakery

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Bravo! Cafe and Bakery all began when Tina Lin moved from New York to Minneapolis and decided to put her own spin on the classic cream puff. Since 2005, Bravo, a tiny four-table shop that bears the trappings of a neighborhood Chinese joint, cranks out cream puffs using pate a choux (a cooked, egg-based pastry). Each surprisingly light puff has a pretty, cracked exterior and a barely-there crunch. In contrast, the filling is a silky custard with the delicate flavor of whipped cream, plus a little more body.

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The cream puffs are sold individually (for just $1.50), as are thick slices of the bakery’s various occasion cakes. They can also be ordered in rounds or sheets, and each one is slicked in a not-too-sweet whipped cream and garnished with flourishes of fresh fruit. There’s a flavor to suit any passerby, from kiwi to green tea to taro.

Beyond cream puffs and cake, Bravo provides for those unfortunate souls who make a habit of eating gooey sweets on a sad, empty stomach. For such ravenous folk, the bakery offers an extensive Asian-influenced vegetarian and vegan lunch menu, as well as espresso, blended coffee, bubble tea, and tropical smoothies to wash it all down.

Bravo! Cafe and Bakery

1106 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
651.287.9118
HOURS:
Mon-Thu 10am-8:30pm
Fri-Sat 10am-10pm
RESERVATIONS / RECOMMENDED: No / No
BAR: Coffee and tea
VEGETARIAN / VEGAN: Yes / Yes
PRICE RANGE: $1.50 for a cream puff, $2.50 to $3.99 for a slice of cake. Larger cakes run from $7.50 to $130 (a full sheet). $5.50-$6 for entrees.

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

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Emily Schnobrich

Emily comes from a family notorious for dunking whole pieces of cake into cold glasses of milk. It’s no surprise she inherited their angry sweet tooth and a devotion to pudding. Between a string of restaurant industry gigs, she has tutored writing, biked across Quebec, studied cheese, and baked cakes professionally. A perennial Minnesotan, Emily is at home in South Minneapolis where parking is prolific and the livin' is easy.

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2 Comments

  1. i luuuuurve bravo and i luuuuurve this piece.

  2. We loved our wedding cake from Bravo – Our attendees found it very unique and (I hope) memorable!

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