Sydneysiders in the northern suburbs no longer have to travel across the city to try dessert king Reynold Poernomo’s inventive creations. The former MasterChef contestant has opened KOI Dessert Kitchen in Ryde, a cafe and cooking school that spreads his love of sweet treats just that little bit further.
The brand-new venture is a true family affair, with Reynold’s brothers, Arnold and Ronald, and Mum Ike Malada all involved in the venue. The concept was actually created by hospitality veteran, Ike. She wanted to open a place where she and her sons could share their culinary knowledge with food lovers. And so KOI Dessert Kitchen was born.
Design firm, Loop Creative, came up with a stunning look for the space, which also operates as a cooking school. The large venue is flooded with natural light and features marble bench tops and wood elements. A large central glass display unit showcases all the incredible desserts on offer, available to both dine in or take away.
However, the main attraction of KOI has to be the open kitchen. Here, you can watch the expert pastry chefs whip up creations for both the Ryde and Chippendale stores, including the much-loved coconut mousse with kalamansi citrus, almond sable and white chocolate glaze.
If you find yourself inspired, make sure you book into one of the classes. Ike will teach cake making and decorating classes, while Reynold will look after desserts. There are also plans to host some of Sydney best chefs and bakers, including Anna Polyviou, for guest classes.
Desserts won’t be the only treats on offer at KOI – there are also plans to host interactive chef’s table dinners every month.