Koi Dessert Kitchen opened in Ryde during mid-2017 to complement the Koi Dessert Bar in Chippendale.
We had our sights set on a mandarin and pineapple mousse that’s shaped like a mandarin, but that wasn’t to be had on a Saturday evening. Instead, we find this Black Truffle ($20), a limited edition with popping candy, coffee mousse, truffle and coffee sponge.
Set in the gold and red chocolate sphere are truffle shavings, sponge and gold popping candy. To be honest, we’re not fans of the truffle shavings. The bite to the papery texture and the intense earthy mushroom notes of the truffle do not mesh well as a component of a dessert.
Beneath the sphere is a coffee and truffle mousse. Here, the truffle notes are more mellow with the richness and bitterness of the coffee cutting through for an enjoyable coffee mousse with a pleasant savoury umami. This was the highlight of the cake with the crisp tart base adding crunch.
Overall, the Black Truffle was an interesting one-off experience. We’d be happy to eat the coffee and truffle mousse again, but not at this price.
And this is the Chocolate Delight, a chocolate mousse with passionfruit curd ($12).
The chocolate mousse was smooth with the tangy passionfruit curd cutting through with its refreshingly tangy notes. We’d have appreciated more, as well as more complexity to the cake given that cakes with more complicated flavour profiles and construction at the Dessert Bar went for $9.50.
The Kitchen is not as big as the Bar, but there’s a dedicated area for masterclasses open to the paying public. The one downside is that since the opening of the Kitchen, the cake selection at the Bar has reduced dramatically. Very few of the new cakes are not offered at the Bar, so we found ourselves turning away on multiple occasions before finding the time to visit Ryde some months later. There were new cakes but there were also price hikes.
Koi Dessert Kitchen is located at Shop 3 62/66 Blaxland Rd, Ryde NSW 2112.