[Bangkok, Thailand] ChikaLicious is perhaps the closest thing you can get to ‘dessert fine-dining’ in Bangkok, and indeed brings sweet treats on a different level.
Three course dessert menu? Can be a dream come true to many. Essentially, desserts for amuse, desserts for main, and desserts for petit fours. Pardon for the mouthful. The course is 400 Baht (SGD$15.40, USD$12.45) for the 3-course, additional 250 with wine pairing.
This concept at Central Embassy is an direct import from New York’s ChikaLicious Dessert Bar, famed for their 3-course Prix Fixe menu which has been described as “American desserts, French presentation with Japanese tasting portions”.
This 30-seater has a contemporary yet intimate setting. I chose to sit at the open counter where you can see the chefs plate and explain the food right before you. It helps that Bangkok’s Executive Chef Sam Dhanasobhon is em, very pretty and eloquent.
ChikaLicious’ signature is the Fromage Blanc Island ‘Cheese Cake’, which is exactly the same as what the brand offer at NYC.
This is no New York cheese cake, it is like no other. The white uncooked cheesecake made of fromage blanc (French white cheese) is shaped like a ball, served on bowl of crushed ice (to keep it cold), and poured over with heavy cream.
As you scoop it with a spoon, you would realize the texture is softer than gelato and disintegrates in your mouth. Taste-wise? Not even sweet to behind with, maybe a tad, but well, light-cheesy. It’s strange looking. It’s weird tasting. But the texture will send you thrills down your spine.
Japanese owner-Chef Chika Tillman said in an interview she was inspired by a French dessert served in Japan, and that it “freaked her out”. Almost how I felt.
The other dessert, a safer choice, is the Warm Chocolate Tart with Pink Peppercorn Ice Cream and Red Wine Sauce. Small delicate crumbly tart, that flows with warm dark chocolate from within. Still mildly surprising.
While cronuts were in the rage last year, ChikaLicious offers their own version of Dough’Ssant (85 baht) – a mixture of doughnut and croissant.
I thought it would be another fad-tish item, but when I took my first bite of the crème brulee Dough’Ssant, crispy, flaky and light, filled with smooth custard, I finished the entire piece even though I was full. So awesome.
Pssssssst, you read this here first. ChikaLicious is coming to Singapore by end of the year. The question now is, WHERE?
ChikaLicious Dessert Bar
L5-01/1R Central Embassy 1031 Ploenchit road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Serving time for 3 course dessert prix fixe: 4pm-10pm (Mon-Fri), 10am-12am (Sat-Sun)
Serving time for pastries: 10am-4pm (Mon-Fri)
Directions: 5 min walk from Phloen Chit BTS station (or Chit Lom station, both with covered walkways)