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Last night, Dave met me after work for what we both thought was going to be a quick bite at Hampton Chutney Co. in SoHo (they also have an Upper West Side location). For $8-12 you can sup on a delicious dosa, made with the fillings of your choice.

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I went for a seasonal one with sweet potato and spinach and Dave had chicken. I find the combination of the slightly sour, crisp pancake and the hot veggie filling ever-so-satisfying; doubly so when each bite is smothered in house-made chutney. Yesterday I tried the pumpkin, delightful.   

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Feeling satisfied, we started to head for the subway. It was a nice evening and we decided to walk a little and I, of course, began to crave something sweet. We decided, on a whim, to try out ChikaLicious, a dessert bar that we’d been hearing so much about.

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Walking into the sparse, brightly-lit space, we were greeted by two chefs in black hats. We decided to sit at the bar (where another couple was seated) as opposed to one of the tables-for-two that occupy one side of the tiny space. For the price of the most expensive dosa on the Manhattan Chutney menu, you can indulge in a three course prix fixe consisting of an amuse, your choice of dessert, and petit fours. We started off with a delicious pear sorbet and white peppercorn gelee. 

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Then I had an almond cake with Meyer lemon sorbet and rosemary ice cream and Dave had an apple cake with creme Anglaise and granny smith apple.

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We ended with some mascarpone cookies with candied citrus, marshmallows with coconut, and chai truffles.

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Let me preface what I am about to say with the fact that everything we tasted was delicious.  Even though each item was small, each was bursting with well-developed flavor.  That said, when I envision my ideal dessert, I see a large slice of chocolate cake (or a warm brownie, NO nuts) smothered in vanilla bean ice cream and covered with chocolate sauce.  Call me unsophisticated, but I prefer things with a more homey feel.  So, while I did enjoy dessert at ChikaLicious, it was a bit too delicate for my taste and I don’t think we’ll be rushing back any time soon.

Hampton Chutney Co in New York

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