I’d been told how great Koko Black is from friends and I had been keen to find an occasion to visit. So when my chocoholic husband’s birthday came round, we decided this was our chance to go. Set inside trendy Claremont Quarter, Koko Black is an elegant chocolate shop and cafe. At the front of the cafe is a large window providing patrons with views of the chocolates, cakes and tarts being made. The front part of the cafe is a chocolate gift shop with numerous bags of chocolates and a cabinet filled with exquisite looking chocolates just waiting to be devoured. We continued further into the cafe where there is plenty of seating inside their L-shaped cafe and took a corner seat. (There is also seating outside in the shopping mall) We hadn’t realised at the time that we were sitting near a family friend, then when we were about to leave we met another friend with her 2 daughters. It’s always nice running into people you know when you’re out and about.
The menu has many options to tempt sweet toothed diners and we found it hard to decide what to choose. Finally we settled on sharing their Queen of Hearts ($39) Koko Blacks version of high tea. It arrived on a two tiered cake stand and was clearly evident this was one classy high tea. The bottom tier had Cherry Tomato and Pancetta Tarts, Pastrami, Gruyère and Mustard Toasted Sandwiches and Roasted Zucchini, Capsicum, Bocconchini with Pesto Toasted Sandwiches. The top-tier had a selection of cakes – Lemon Curd Tart, Vanilla Brulee Tart, Chocolate Walnut Brownie, Florentines and a Lamington with cherry jam and cream. It was all so delicious we didn’t leave a single crumb!
Although tea and coffee is included with the high tea, my husband fancied trying their Iced chocolate (normally $7.90) which is an extra ($1.50). It was served in a large balloon glass with a scoop of chocolate ice cream and real chocolate shavings on top. It was thick and creamy and truly very decadent. I opted for the Earl Grey tea ($4.50 small pot) from Chamellia Organic Teas.
As if we hadn’t ordered enough chocolate, my husband wanted to try their Chocolate Mousse ($5 half serve), his biggest weakness and what right did I have to say no considering it was his birthday! I talked him into ordering a half serve though and it was served in a white cup with a shard of chocolate and real chocolate shavings. It was light, creamy and incredibly chocolately and he said it was the best chocolate mousse he’d ever had – after my homemade attempts of course!
Koko Black is open 7 days a week until quite late at night. I’m already looking forward to our next visit and I can’t recommend it enough for your next chocolate fix.
23 St Quentin Ave