Looking up The Dessert Kitchen online recently, I was surprised by its low ratings. N and I generally avoid anything that scores less than a 3 (out of 5) on Zomato and this place scored a 2.9. We’d visited as it opened before ratings were a thing, and were impressed enough to return. The place is not amazing and the service is inattentive but the desserts are very decent and enjoyable. There are worse options.
That said, they always seem to be out of three of the seven flavours on their menu so in lieu of our first choice of strawberry shaved ice, we try the Matcha Shaved Ice ($11.50) with rice balls, red bean and nata de coco. As we’d expected, the shaved ice is beautifully creamy with some bite before it melts on your tongue. The matcha flavour is prominent and fragrant with a hint of pleasant bitterness, while the red bean is sweet and tender. We’re not fans of the rice balls, which don’t have the elasticity of pearls or mochi, or the nata de coco, which has a weird chemical flavour.
We manage to catch their Strawberry Shaved Ice ($11.50) on another visit with rice balls, fresh strawberries and nata de coco. The strawberry shaved ice has a pleasantly fresh strawberry flavour. There’s marked notes of strawberry syrup, but the freshness of the strawberry comes through increasingly as you continue to eat. The toppings are neither here nor there for us, we’d be happy for a lower price to forgo the toppings.
Ube is their flavour for winter and these are their Purple Ube Dream Eggette ($11.00).
It comes with an ube eggette, whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, and fresh ube and strawberries.
The ube eggette is a beautiful purple colour, and for the parts that weren’t slathered in whipped cream or ice cream, deliciously crispy on the outside with tender innards. Otherwise, the eggette became unpleasantly soggy. As for ube flavour, it’s rather weak compared to the brightness of the purple and we’d have enjoyed a punch of flavour perhaps with ube ice cream instead of vanilla.
A Polar Bear Hong Kong Style Milk Tea ($6.50) with a polar bear marshmallow also featured on their menu during the cooler months.
Unfortunately, much to my despair, the marshmallow flipped upside down just as I was placing it into the hot tea, which melted the marshmallow instantly, leaving only this sad mess. Clumsiness aside, the tea itself was heavy on the dairy without much tea flavour.
For completeness, this is how cute the polar bear should’ve looked. Alas, the tea itself was not something I’d want to reorder.
For all its flaws, The Dessert Kitchen does make delicious shaved ice with enjoyable red bean eggettes. We’ll keep returning.
The Dessert Kitchen is at 78 Harbour St, Haymarket NSW 2000.