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Sweet fiends of the north side, rejoice; dessert whiz-kid Reynold Poernomo has opened a sister to his wildly popular Koi Dessert Bar, in Chippendale, over the bridge.
Ryde's Koi Dessert Kitchen will act as a commercial production facility for both the posts, as well as a cooking school and cafe, with eat-in and takeaway options.
Dinner and savoury options will be served only as part of Poernomo's monthly chef's table dinners, capped at 12 customers.
"The chef's table will be a completely separate menu to Koi, and much more experimental, much more fun," he said. "I'm still in the planning stages but there will be themes and interactive elements."
Poernomo runs Koi with his brothers, seasoned hospitality pro Ronald and MasterChef Indonesia judge Arnold, and his mother Ike Malada (Koi stands for Kids of Ike), who he will share the school space with.
"My Mum will teach more whole cakes, finishing, glazing and decorating, while I'll do more desserts," Poernomo said.
Malada will also act as executive chef of the space, with pastry chefs and bakers such as Anna Polyviou, from the Shangri-La Hotel, and Tom Eadie, of Berkelo Bakery, lined up to host guest classes.
If you prefer your sugar without elbow grease, fear not. Koi classics – banana caramel dessert with chocolate, hazelnut, caramel jelly and a caramelised banana and rum mousse, or the coconut mousse with kalamansi citrus, almond sable and white chocolate glaze – will be on offer to eat in with a coffee or to take away.
Open Tue-Sun 10am-10pm.
Shop 3, 62-66 Blaxland Road, Ryde, koidessertbar.com.au