Weekend Cooking/Eating: ChikaLicious
Last Saturday, my sister and I skipped off to the city for a gastronomic adventure. Our first stop was Eataly, the 50,000 square foot Italian food emporium, and we followed that up with a trip downtown to a dessert bar.
A friend of mine, Katie Ett of Donuts 4 Dinner fame, has been trying to get me into the city for months to visit ChikaLicious, a dessert bar that opened in 2003 and is headed up by pastry chef Chika Tillman and her husband and sommelier, Don. With seating for about 20, my sister and I scored prime seats at the counter–we were literally ringside as Chika and her sous chef worked their magic.
For $14 each, we were treated to an amuse, dessert, and a plate of petit fours. First up was an amuse of coconut panna cotta and mint sorbet. The mint flavor was so intense, and while I was a bit leery of the the coconut/mint pairing, my worries were for naught.
Next, our desserts were served. I ordered Fromage Blanc Island ‘Cheese Cake’ and it was served on a bed of ice and did indeed look like an island of cheese cake. The texture was a bit different from typical cheese cake and the fromage blanc was so delish I wanted to drink it with a straw!
My sister ordered the Warm Chocolate Tart with Pink Peppercorn Ice Cream and Red Wine Sauce. She enjoyed it so much that I never even got a taste!
Our petit fours were served last and featured some distinct flavors–ginger, coconut, and basil. The ginger shortbread was flaky, the toasted coconut marshmallow squares were airy, and the basil chocolate truffle was intense–my favorite of all the things we sampled.
I also ordered a sparkling cocktail–something I don’t typically do–because the idea of a fruit juice ice cube with a berry suspended inside was too much for me to pass up.
ChikaLicious was a hit and I’d gladly go back again soon. (Katie, I’m talking to you!)
203 E. 10th (btw 1st & 2nd)
(The menu indicated they would be closing for a few days sometime at the end of May/beginning of June, so call before you go. Expect a wait, especially after dinner hours.)
Weekend Cooking is hosted by Candace over at Beth Fish Reads.