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by Bobby

The best thing about Orchard Road is that it is spotted with numerous cafes and restaurants. I was with a friend, exhausted from shopping when we popped into the basement of Paragon, and found ourselves in a pâtisserie, Canelé. Stylishly decorated, the dimly litted cafe draws its inspiration from Pierre Herme’s cafe in Paris and its jewel-box concept display of its delicate dessert.

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While I found it hard to resist the temptation to order the macaroons (having tried them twice before), we ordered the Tarte Tartin ($12++) with flambé caramelized apple with toffee, crème chantilly and caramelized filo pastry. I love the caramelized filo pastry that gave every mouthful of the dessert a crunchy texture. The overall sweetness of the dessert is not at all sickening and is sure to delight. While service leaves much to be desired (actually its horrendous ), I’m sure i will return again, if only for those delicious macaroons.

Also try the : Sea Salt and Caramel Macaroon and Strawberry Shortcake

Canelé 1-25 Paragon, 290 Orchard Road

by Morris

For the past 2 times I’ve visited NYC, it seems that I have to make it a point to visit Chikalicious… A delicious little dessert bar on 10th St between 1st and 2nd Avenue, run by a Japanese woman Chika and her husband Don. For $12 (+$7 with suggested wine pairing), you get a Prix Fixe: an Amuse, dessert of choice and a petit four.

As with all French deserts though, do not expect anything to fill you up nauseatingly like cheesecakes from Cheesecake factory. Everything here is made just to the right portion with much love and attention to detail by Chika and her dessert chefs. It helps though to have some knowledge of the names of French deserts just so that you know what you are ordering. Like brioche is just a fancy name for French bread

But even so, Chika adds a healthy dash of culinary creativity into her desserts that you should always expect the unexpected, like pepper-corn ice cream.

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The Petit four (though it’s only three small items all the time). Always leaves me wanting for more.

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Very delectable Fromage Blanc Island “Cheese Cake”

Other recommendations: The Brown Sugar Panna Cotta… simply let it melt in your mouth and ooh heaven.

With it’s ever increasing popularity and long waiting lines, I’d suggest you try it at the earliest possible opportunity!

203 East 10th Street, New York, NY 10003