Koi Dessert Bar (Revisited)

Thursday, May 26, 2016 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

Koi is a dessert bar by Reynold Poernomo, 2015 Masterchef Contestant and also known as the dessert king on that season. This is my second visit to Koi, on my first visit I did not get a chance to taste their savoury dish by Reynold's older brother Arnold Poernomo (Masterchef judge in Indonesia).

I originally does not have plan to dine at Koi but I made appointment with Reynold's oldest brother wife. During brunch we talk about the menu change at Koi and she tempted me to try since she haven't try all the new menu as well. We opted for the $77 course menu.

Barley and oats porridge with soy chicken broth. This is the perfect opener, I love the rich and warm taste. I can tell there's an Indonesian taste in it.

Chef's Special: Roasted bone marrow with sambal and sour dough ($6.5). This is my favourite savoury dish out of all. I could have three more of this and still wanting more. The bone marrow was soft and mixed really well with sambal.

Spanner crab, sweet corn puree, egg yolk emulsion and finger lime. It was light, yet refreshing and well balanced. This dish reminded me of crab sweet corn soup my grandma use to make back home in Indonesia.

Black pepper braised beef cheek, mushrooms and pumpkin puree. The beef cheek was very well prepared and cooked. Super tender and perfectly matched with the mushrooms and the pumpkin puree gives the dish the sweetness end.

Chef's Special: Steamed bigwater murray cod with soy ginger, cauliflower puree and mushrooms ($15). Originally I also want to order another Chef's Special: Scampi with gulai emulsion cause I saw it on Instagram and presentation was stunning but sadly, they are not available that day so I opted for the murray instead. The murray was fresh and well cooked, it has a combination of creamy yet light taste due to the cauliflower puree and soy ginger.

Champagne mousse, grapes, basil and raspberry with rose. The overall taste was light and refreshing, I love the ingredients combination but I wish the mousse to be a little bit softer and have the melt in your mouth sensation.

Chocolate, cherry gel, hazelnut cremeux, kirsch cream, feullitine soil, omija granita. This is the dish I have been waiting for, the amazing Little Forrest that make into one of the Instagram sensation. The perfect combination of sweet and sour was played nicely on the plate.

Popcorn milk gelato, butter powder, beer caramel, pulled almond tuile and milk vanilla snow. I love popcorn and they transform two of my favourite things together. Yay! This dish was rich yet salty and not overwhelming. Very well balanced, well done Reynold!

The savoury dish surprise me, Koi indeed not only sweet but savoury as well and they are good and substantial. In my opinion, I think previous season have stronger dessert flavour. Honestly wanted to try their $65 - 4 dessert cause all the ingredients tempted me so much l but I was way too full for it. Instead I bought some of their ready to go cake; Coconut Kalamansi and Malibu Caramel and it was light yet delicious just like all the other Koi ready to go cake I tasted before. I wanted their matcha pannacotta but they were sold out by the time I finish my dinner.

Jacky one of the business owner was friendly, accommodating and chat with us throughout the dinner. In the end, Ronald's wife payed for the dinner in exchange of I will be paying for our next meetings on my next Sydney trip. It was a great night with great companion. Koi, I'll be back!

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Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-11pm

Koi Dessert Bar
42/44 Kensington St
Chippendale, NSW 2008