Chikalicious, Dec. 31, 2004
203 E. 10th Street
New Years evening we decided to go to the east village for dessert since the "good" movies at Kips Bay were sold out...so off to Chikalicious...
Let me start by saying that I had very little interest in actually eating by the time we got our seats. It took forever. It was, to the "restaurant's" credit, partly the very slow customers and a line of about 8 people in front of us. But the whole process (the VERY slow process) of making these desserts one at a time was not only annoying...but hard to look at. It was like a really bad performance piece.
Chika and her assistant seem to work at an unnaturally slow pace. Painful to watch...I'm thankful we got a table. A very strange duo. You never see them talk, but then all of a sudden they would start to laugh...but not audibly. Ugh. Bothersome.
The desserts themselves were good and pretty to look at but not at all satisfying nor extraordinary and I believe overpriced. The 3 course dessert looked like this:
Kiwi Marinated in Lavender Soup with Yogurt Sorbet This was good. My favorite item.
Brown Sugar Panne cotta with blood orange sorbet. If I tried, I could have eaten this in one and a half bites. It was disappointing in size and taste. My wife had the Apple Pudding Cake with Granny Smith Sorbet and Creme Fraiche Sauce. This was the better of the main desserts we ordered. Slightly larger, but again, nothing that wowed us.
photo credit to HalfChinese
Coconut Marshmallow, Almond shortbread, Chocolate Profiterole The wife isn't a fan of nuts nor marshmallow, so I had most of this. The marshmallow was weak, the almond shortbread was tasty, as was the profiterole...for something smaller than a nickel.
Overall...it was a weak dining experience. I like the idea of the place very much, but the size of the place, the unnatural and annoying pace of the chefs and the average-at-best desserts for $12 each before tax and tip will not see me back there anytime soon.
If you are eating dinner at Hearth or anywhere else in the east village...stay there and eat dessert.