Despite my size, and the size of my family, we enjoy eating!! Normally for a family birthday or celebration, we’ll head out for a meal somewhere as just family; usually it’s been buffet at Sheraton On The Park.

This year when it came time for me to pick a spot, I was a bit over doing the usual. After seeing Justin Fox’s Koi Dessert Bar post, with Masterchef contestant Reynold, I decided to give it a go, especially with the family being a bit of a Reynold fan.

Now being a Valentine’s baby makes it super difficult to

  • a) Book a table on the day
  • b) Not pay a surcharge for such a special day

I finally got a suitable booking for the 5 of us through OpenTable, so off we went!!

KOI is located on Kensington St in Chippendale, close to Central Park; it’s quite a sight to see. The set menu set us back $77 per person, with drinks coming in under $10 each. I’d definitely head back there again at some point. 2 or 4 people seem to be the optimum number they cater for.





The food was equally as nice as the setting

Compressed tomato with chilli relish, prawn crackers and micro herbs

Steamed Barramundi in dashi broth, sweet corn, seaweed, and radish

Slow poached chicken breast, with mixed rice, toasted grains and nuts on spiced coconut espuma

Cream cheese, burnt orange, honeycomb, dried mandarin curd, cremé fraiche and brown butter crumb

These next 2 are the alternate dishes that my dad and sister had, because they have food allergies

Chocolate hazelnut creme, salted caramel, yoghurt gel and tonka bean ice cream

Coconut snowball, black sesame sponge, torched meringue, mango creme, yuzu curd and passion fruit sorbet

Chocolate mousse, raspberry gel, consommé jelly, chocolate almond soil and strawberry

Peach, almond soil, rosemary yoghurt cream and rose

And to wash it all down I had this Ice lemon tea with organic black tea, lemon sorbet and mint dust

Although there were some other tempting drinks on the menu, most of which sounded (and looked) like desserts:

  • Mandarin and blood orange with cream cheese mousse and lime zest
  • Liquid mascarpone tiramisu with wood roasted espresso