I had wanted to go to Chicco Coffee and Dessert Bar for a long time, ever since my less than satisfactory experience at Aoyama's. It's a bit out of way for me, and I always find myself too full to eat dessert whenever I'm in that area. Plus, it's pretty expensive. Fortunately for me, I found their ad in Klip magazine, the free coupon magazine from Daiso. Their parfaits were 50% off on August 13th and 20th! (I tweeted about this, so don't say I didn't tell you all!)
We headed out there just for the parfaits! Chicco is actually pretty quiet normally, and there was comparatively more people than normally. Still, there weren't as many as I had expected. Being a tiny café, the special was only applicable to parfaits for take-out. The interior is quite cozy, with their old Chinese style furniture. Combined with their handmade ceramic pieces hanging decoratively on the wall, I liked it.
After a lot of contemplation because everything looked so delicious, I got the cream caramel parfait ($7.10). These parfaits are much more intricate than the ones at Aoyama, for sure. At the top sat two two small squares of caramel pudding. I've tried making my own following cookingwithdog's recipe, which has been somewhat successful, though this one here is smoother and firmer. I also liked the hedgehog gelato (which really felt like gelato), but I felt the portion was too small! Underneath is whipping cream and strawberry jello -- the jello was not too sweet. I'm thinking they might be Japanese branded ones. After a generous layer of cornflakes, the gelato in the middle is supposed to be maple walnut gelato, but I don't really remember how it tasted, so it probably wasn't that special. At the very bottom are sponge cake squares, even though they sort of look like croutons. They were actually really dry, but I was smart and I mixed it with the gelato and whipped cream. This combination was actually really delicious. Overall, I liked my caramel pudding parfait, though I really wished mine had mochi in it! I originally thought there was, but I guess I was just being greedy.
Charles ordered the green tea parfait ($7.10), which I had also thought about ordering. (Scratch that, I thought about ordering all of them.) This one had one piece of green tea mousse cake on top, along with mochi rice balls and red bean paste. I was a bit jealous since this one had both the mousse cake and rice ball. I would've sacrificed one caramel pudding piece for a rice ball. For gelato, they used green tea gelato on top and vanilla gelato in the middle. I really like how Chicco uses their different gelatos to make the parfait come together nicely, rather than using random flavours. This one had green tea jello, cornflakes, and the same spongecake. Instead of eating those three layers together, he saved the sponge cake for last and regretted it because it was really that dry.
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Chicco Coffee and Dessert Bar
1504 Robson St