Summer Crush: Rook’s Halo Halo

Now that Rook (501 Virginia Ave., 737-2293, has moved up the street to more spacious digs and a bigger kitchen, chef Carlos Salazar has the elbow room and the staff to put out such summertime refreshers as this Technicolor version of the Filipino treat halo halo, which translates to “mix mix” in English. The dessert delivers on the name: Unexpected savory elements such as purple yam ice cream and sweet red beans get paired with silky flan, coconut agar gel, black plantains, and the crunch of puffed wild rice and Fruity Pebbles atop iced lemongrass milk. Yum yum!