Chocolate Eclair from Dessert Club, ChikaLicious – NYC
I have friends who are obsessed with desserts at Dessert Club, ChikaLicious, but I always found the desserts a little too light at the casual Japanese/French bakery helmed by Pastry Chef/Co-Owner Chika Tillman. That is until I discovered the chocolate éclair ($5.50).
Dessert Club’s éclair isn’t an éclair in the traditional sense. The base is similar, although slightly chewier, but strikingly different is the crumbly streusel-coated top which is brushed with a goopy dark chocolate upon order. Think of it as a cross between a crunchy melonpan (a Japanese bun similar to a Chinese pineapple bun or Korean soborobbang) and a French éclair. For those who dread soggy éclairs, there’s no need to fear at Dessert Club.
As for the filling, the chocolate éclair is filled with, surprise!, chocolate which is very reminiscent of chocolate pudding. It’s not too heavy, as with most desserts at Dessert Club, but in this case, perhaps because of the more straightforward Asian-influence, it works.
For those who are chocolate (or fun) averse, Dessert Club also offers vanilla éclairs.