[Sydney] Some people just have it all. Meet Reynold Poernomo, probably one of MasterChef Australia’s most noticeable alumnus, young, good looking (okay, VERY handsome), fit, talented, and successful.

A never-before perfect score of 30/30 for his dessert on MasterChef propelled him to further popularity, even though he didn’t win the season in the end.

He opened KOI Dessert Bar (not to be confused with the bubble tea shop) at Chippendale Sydney, with savoury dishes and cocktails created by his brothers Arnold (MasterChef Indonesia’s judge) and Ronald.

It is now probably considered one of the must-visit dessert-cafes in Sydney. (While you are there, you can also check out Monkey’s Corner next door – a modern Japanese bowl concept by the same team.)

Reynold himself will be heading to Singapore soon to take part in Cafe Culture. The event brings about some of the most well-known coffee and pastry names (including Lune Croissanterie from Melbourne and Roast from Bangkok) from around the world to Singapore for a four-day festival at Marina Bay Sands.

Over in Sydney, KOI Dessert Bar offers a tasting menu (AUD88 per person, a “Just Desserts” menu of 5 desserts (AUD65), and a variety of cakes at the “cake shop”. Reservations are recommended for the set dinners and set dessert menus from evening onwards.

During cooler weathers, you can see customers having their sweet treats in the open air courtyard on the ground floor.

While the cakes, tarts, and dessert jars often rotate in flavours, there are signatures such as the Black Sesame (AUD12), Strawberry Pillow (AUD10.50), Mango Yuzu (AUD10.50), Tricolo (AUD12), and Little Garden (AUD12).

As described by an online review, “Reynold was on full display, working from his open kitchen.” Emm, yes.

If he is there, you may see giggling (perhaps blushing) girls waiting to take a shot with Reynold.

I once asked Reynold 3 personal recommendations from KOI Dessert Bar, and they were:

1. The Forbidden Fruit
The first chocolate challenge that I had done in Masterchef 2015, where the dish itself “The Forbidden Fruit” went wild on social media.

2. Nomtella (AUD10.50)
The cake’s name is a nickname I used for a special someone and all the little flavours they (They? I didn’t question further) liked into one cake. Flavours of Nutella, caramel, chocolate and coffee.

3. Baileys Cake (AUD12)
I just like baileys and chocolate.

When I visited KOI Dessert Bar at about noon-time, there was almost a queue/cluster/group of customers (seemed mainly females, some brought their guy friends) waiting around for cakes to be displayed out.

Us being Singaporeans, my friends zoomed in to the front of the line and went, “One of every single cake.”

“ONE of EVERY cake?!” Yeah, we couldn’t let the opportunity go.

The popular (ie instagrammable) choice was the Coconut Kalamansi (AUD9) of coconut mousse, white cheese, kalamansi curd and chocolate sable.

My friends liked this the best – delicately soft, a light touch of coconut, and trace of tanginess in the middle. A fine balance.

I personally preferred the Nomtella (AUD9). It kind of had everything I liked in a single cake – espresso mousse, salted caramel, hazelnut and chocolate brownie.

While you could imagine that the dessert could very-well be too rich, it wasn’t.

The presentation was on-point, glossy till you could almost see your own reflection, with a sprinkling of gold.

With each item costing between AUD9 to AUD15, KOI Dessert Bar isn’t exactly a place you would describe as “affordable”.

I will be honest to say not all cakes were to our satisfaction. A quarter of what we ordered tasted average, while some others could have been too sweet, or heavy.

When asked about his future plans for KOI Dessert Bar, Reynold revealed that he would be focused in working closely with the team to highlight more of their dining menu.

Even though they are a dessert bar, they are trying to work towards a menu that is exciting, creative and especially tasty.

KOI Dessert Bar is announced as one of the participants at Cafe Culture Singapore.

Cafe Culture Singapore
From 29 Aug – 1 Sep 2019, 10:30am – 6pm at Level 1 Hall C, Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands.
One-day pass $45 – $65; four-day pass at $55 – $75.

KOI Dessert Bar – Chippendale
42–44 Kensington Street, Chippendale Sydney NSW 2008
Tel: +61 02 9212 1230
Opening hours: Cakes and Coffee 10am – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Dinner 6pm – 9:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Google Maps – KOI Dessert Bar

KOI Dessert Bar – Macquarie Centre
Level 3 Macquarie Shopping Centre
Tel: +61 2 9053 7612
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)

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  1. Oh! KOI, i really love tea milk in KOI. this drink is one of my favorite drink and so fantastic. Unfortunately, my country don’t have these desserts. Hope one they will arrive in my country


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