Dessert Files: ChikaLicious

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[Photographs: Kathy YL Chan]

It's not very often that the $14 prix fixe menu at ChikaLicious changes, but when it does, you can be guaranteed that the new items will be great. An amuse, main dish of your picking, and petits fours are included. Though it might sound like three dessert courses is a little excessive, it's not. The dainty portions assure that you will not leave overstuffed, just delighted. Be sure to sit at the bar for the best experience.

Shall we begin? For the amuse, there's a bowl of white chocolate mousse, light and almost buttery, topped with a cascade of cherry granita.

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Pick the Darjeeling Tea Panna Cotta for your entrée. The silky panna cotta, tasting bright and clearly of tea, comes with two quenelles of smooth and sweet nectarine sorbet. A trio of cognac agar agar cubes nestle at the peak, a slightly naughty addition to the wholesome, milky dessert.

If Darjeeling isn't your cup of tea, the Honey Parfait is another excellent entrée choice. The chilly parfait comes paired with honeydew melon soup, barely sweetened and quite refreshing. It's wonderful alone, but the spoonfuls of moscato gelée that float in the fruit soup push the dish close to perfection.

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And finally, there are three different petits fours. The coconut marshmallows have been on the menu since the beginning, and I'm glad they've stayed. These light, pillowy cubes are rolled in toasted coconut flakes. The other two petits fours change from time to time, though usually one of them has a cookie base and the other features chocolate. On my most recent visit, I received a rum raisin tart with a crisp shortbread shell and a supremely moist génoise finished with a dollop of rich chocolate pudding.


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