If the blondie is a gauge of the pastry program at Element, then the chefs are masters of their craft. Although the dessert menu is small (on my visits, they were only offering two selections, plus housemade ice creams), it makes up for in flavor what it is lacking in breadth. The blondie itself was a crunchy, buttery dream, crumbling apart into the caramel sauce that decorated the plate. Served à la mode with housemade pumpkin ice cream, it hit all of the notes one wants with dessert — a little bit sweet, a nice touch of cream and a hint of salty crunch. It was one of those food moments when the entire table goes silent except for the occasional eyes-closed moan.

I was blown away with just about every aspect of Element, in love with it not only for its beauty, but, most importantly, for its substance. This is a table I hope to dine at more than periodically.

Location Info



1419 Carroll Street
St. Louis, MO 63104

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Louis - Lafayette Square


Pork belly...$9
Foie gras...$13
Short ribs...$21
1419 Carroll Street; 314-241-1674.
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 5-10 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Lounge open Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m-12:30 a.m. Closed Sun.

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