Koi Dessert Bar was opened up by Reynold Poernomo, a contestant of MasterChef Australia 2015. He was crowned “Dessert King” after producing amazing dessert after dessert.
The restaurant has a cafe on the ground floor and an elegant dining space on the 2nd floor where they also serve a set dinner ($75pp) and set dessert menu ($65pp).
So many pretty desserts! They all look so delicate, I almost can’t bear to eat them.
The whole space is very open and the huge windows allow for plenty of natural light. I like how there are mirrors on the ceiling as well to create the illusion of more space.
After much deliberation (as usual), we ordered the Moss in a Jar and the Earl Grey Cake. The Moss in a Jar had pistachio mousse, dulce cremeux, apple and matcha soil. It just looks so pretty in the jar! Something so pretty doesn’t come cheap though, it was the most expensive dessert there at $15 and probably the most I’ve paid for dessert. So was it worth it?
The dulce cremeux and pistachio mousse were incredibly smooth with subtle flavours but they went well together. There was also a layer of caramel jelly on top of the pistachio mousse and then the top was garnished with various green elements like the green apples, matcha soil and a piece of airy pistachio sponge cake. It was a very light dessert and surprisingly, I enjoyed it more than the Earl Grey Cake and I’m obsessed with Earl Grey so I thought I’d like that one more.
I didn’t actually see a description for the Earl Grey Cake but I’ll try to describe it. The base had a crunchy caramel like layer and then there was a thick chocolate layer and then Earl Grey infused sponge cake and then some type of firm mousse on top of that and finally a layer of jelly. Okay that probably doesn’t really help but I found that this dessert also wasn’t very sweet either but it had a delicate balance of textures and a subtle Earl Grey flavour. I would’ve preferred a stronger Earl Grey flavour but it was a great dessert nonetheless.
All the desserts were a sight to behold and I was impressed with both desserts that I tried but dining at a cafe opened by a MasterChef contestant ain’t cheap so I probably wouldn’t splurge on the Moss in a Jar again. It was delicious but not mind-blowing. Most of the other desserts are around $9 (and tax is included already in Australia). If you want to indulge or reward yourself, visit Koi Dessert Bar.