Chocolate mousse has got to be one of the most popular desserts of all time. There are as many variations and versions of it as there are ways to tell any old joke: cake-style mousses resting on a layer of firm or fluffy cake; soft, velvety puddings served in glass cups; and layered parfaits featuring mousses made with dark, milk, and white chocolate interplaying with fruit, nuts, and whipped cream.
The version at the buffet over at Inagiku at the Makati Shangri-la is a variation of the second kind: a lush verrine (a dessert served in a small glass) that layers smooth and milky albeit not so sweet chocolate mousse with glittery chocolate-infused rice puffs. A layer of chocolate sauce, minced pistachios, and a thin yet solid chocolate disc finishes this small but decadent affair. Not quite the best mousse I’ve ever had, but it was lush and delectable nevertheless.