New 'adult' dessert shop offers brookies and more
MANILA – Lust is the word that Chef Christine Paredes had in mind when she and her team of young chefs came up with Wicked, the newest dessert shop in town.
Located at the East Wing of Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong City, Wicked puts a twist to familiar favorites such as cupcakes and tarts, making them more appealing to the adult crowd.
The idea, Paredes said, is to make each dessert more “sinful, sexy and indulgent” with playful presentation and the use of premium ingredients.
“Before I came in, the products for me were like medyo manang, so I said: ‘I want to make something sexy. I want to make something with lust,’” she told ABS-CBNnews.com during Wicked’s formal launch.
Paredes is particularly proud of Wicked’s “brookie,”a “sandwich” containing a brownie and two crisp cookies which are attached on a wooden spoon and served with a shot of milk.
The idea, she said, is to let the customers lick the remaining bits of brownie and chocolate off the spoon after they finish eating the brookie.
“It comes in three variants – the plain brookie so you’ll see the layers between the cookies and the brownie, the one that’s dipped in chocolate, and the one that is dipped in both chocolate and roasted nuts,” she said.
Paredes and her team did a great job of balancing the flavors of the brownie and the cookies, making the brookie not cloyingly sweet – unless you plan on finishing the entire thing by yourself. The moist brownie provided most of the flavor, with the cookies adding texture to the dessert.
“We created it in a way that the cookie and the brownie would complement each other,” Paredes explained. “I told my chefs that I want the brownie to be really moist because this would be like a sandwich. So the cookies outside are crispy but when you bite into it, there’s a dense, moist brownie.”
Another dessert that has a wooden spoon attached to it – for “licking purposes” – is the Wicked Stepmother Apple Pie, the dessert shop’s ode to the stepmother of the fairy tale princess Snow White.
The mini apple pie is topped with crunchy streusel for texture, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream to provide the hot-cold contrast.
“It will make [the stepmother] love Snow White like her own,” Paredes said in jest.
Wicked, which marks the 25th year of the homegrown restaurant group Cravings, also offers a number of alcohol-infused desserts which, Paredes said, was a result of the creativity of her young chefs Ton Albasin, RJ Bernabe and Mac Reyes.
The most noteworthy dessert in this category is the White Russian Fondue, Wicked’s take on the popular sweet cocktail made of vodka, coffee liqueur and cream. Here, brownie pops rolled in roasted almonds are served with a fondue made of white chocolate, Kahlua and Baileys Irish cream.
Other items include the Kahlua Jelly Shots topped with cherries, Tequila Eclairs which are filled with a tequila Chantilly cream and dipped in alcohol-infused white chocolate, and lemon bars paired with a shot of tequila.
“So what we did here is we deconstructed cocktails and made them into desserts,” explained Paredes, who shared that they are planning to pair these with dessert wines and imported beers in the future.
“I want them to have their childhood favorites together with their favorite alcohol. So it’s like having the best of both worlds,” she added.
Not just for adults
While it is an adult dessert bar, Paredes stressed that kids will not be left out at Wicked as the place also serves classic sweet treats such as chocolate cupcakes, cheesecakes, sticky buns and even macarons.
Some of Cravings’ bestsellers, such as the Cherry Walnut Cheesecake and the Twix Cheesecake, are also part of the menu. There are also a few savory treats such as quiches in ham and cheese, four-cheese and salmon and dill, as well as spiced pumpkin pies on a stick, like lollipops.
“This is an adult dessert bar, may malisya. But then again, we don’t want to limit it to young adults and yuppies. We want every member of the family to enjoy so you have your cakes and wholesome desserts,” she said. “What’s common among them is that they are all indulgent, really indulgent.”
“When people eat our desserts, I want them to say, ‘wow, this is Wicked,’” she ended.
5/F East Wing, Shangri-La Plaza