No matter how much I eat over the course of a meal, there’s always room for dessert! Especially when it’s something that is as well thought out and delicately made as the desserts at Koi Dessert Bar.
The desserts at Koi are so well-made, anyone that has ever seen them would have to agree, they are a work of art! I always find myself unconsciously taking small spoonfuls, as somehow, eating it any other way would feel barbaric. When you look down at these beautiful morsels of sugary goodness, you will forget that diet you are suppose to be on and instead, be focused on how to best dig in with the least amount of destruction.
ITEMS WE’VE TRIED
Here are some desserts we’ve tried (♥ = my rating, ♠ = AK’s rating). I will update this every time we visit, so check back often. Click on the dessert names to jump to photos and reviews. Most desserts are $9.50 each.
Mango Yuzu ♥♥♥♥♥ – Almond sable, mango mousse with yuzu curd.
Chocolate Delight ♥♥♥ – Almond sable, 55% dark chocolate excellence mousse, passionfruit curd, brownies with dark chocolate ganache and dried raspberry.
Strawberry and Pear ♥♥♥♥ – Almond sable, strawberry mousse and poached pear.
Zen ♥♥♥♥ | ♠♠♠♠ – Tempered chocolate, matcha mousse and almond sable.
Strawberry Yoghurt Pannacotta ♥♥ | ♠♠♠
Coconut Kalamansi ♥♥♥♥♥ | ♠♠♠.5 – Coconut mousse with kalamansi curd.
The Mango Yuzu cake is one of the most popular desserts at Koi. A quick browse through instagram will come up with plenty of snaps of this bright green dome cake. As the flavours consist of mango and yuzu, which are both light and tangy, this cake is great for those that prefer a less sweet palate. Out of all the desserts I’ve tried at Koi to date, this would have to be one of my favourites.
I love that the yuzu curd is hidden in the centre of the dessert, so you don’t actually taste it until about 2-3 spoons in. The tanginess is a welcome surprise for those that are easily sickened by sweets.
I’m not a fan of chocolate (I know, it’s weird). The sweetness and creaminess is usually too rich for my liking, so this was the main reason why I didn’t enjoy this dessert as much as others.
Why did I order it then, you ask? It was part of a selection of desserts I was sharing with some friends. It was so rich, I only managed 2-3 small spoonfuls. I can imagine a chocolate-lover would probably enjoy this more than me. But, personally, I visit Koi for it’s creativity and chocolate is a bit boring.
Again, as above, this was part of a selection of desserts meant for sharing. I felt this dessert didn’t quite resemble lamingtons and tasted more like brownie chunks. Again, chocolate isn’t my flavour of choice, so I definitely preferred some of the other choices.
I usually do enjoy the fluffiness of real lamingtons and enjoy the pairing of chocolate with coconut, so this was a bit of a dissapointment even though it was presented so beautifully.
Whenever I’m too overwhelmed with choices my safe bet is strawberry. Strawberry flavour barely goes wrong and this time my theory was proved correct once again. It was tasty and I could easily finish it, but the dessert in general lacked a wow-factor. For this reason, I enjoyed it, but won’t be ordering it again.
We had this at their Easter Show pop-up. This was an extremely dense dessert and we struggled to finish it. It was tasty but very creamy and sweet so it’s great for sharing, but to finish on your own may be a bit of a challenge. I’m a huge fan of matcha so I enjoyed this flavour.
The presentation of this is so pretty I was immediately drawn in. However, it literally tasted like strawberries and lychee in yoghurt with a bit of jelly. The consistency was a bit too runny for my liking. AK enjoyed it however.
What is kalamansi? A small round citrus fruit, similar to a kumquat. Now imagine this citrusy flavour hidden inside silky smooth subtly sweet coconut mousse and you have a delicious balance of flavours. This is definitely one of my favourites alongside the mango yuzu cake (do we see a pattern? they both contain a tangy curd in the centre which helps to balance the sweetness).
This dessert is also one of my favourites in terms of presentation. I had to hesitate several times before going in for my first bite. The asian-inspired flavours go so well with the blue and white pattern that resembles Chinese porcelain.