Koko Black Salon, Claremont
Kick starting the weekend a little earlier we visited the Claremont Koko Black Salon. On a Friday morning, a normally hectic Claremont Quarter Shopping Centre was blissfully peaceful with the exception of the retail staff preparing the stores for the morning rush. Koko Black had just opened its doors for the day and we were the first ones in, taking our seats on a lounge in the corner.
The chocolate cafe always brings about a smile to my face, I think its the awaiting decision of what I’ll be ordering from the menu that excites me the most. There is an all day dessert and drinks menu as well as the display of chocolate truffles and patisserie cakes at the counter.
There are two paths you can journey along when at Koko Black – an indulgent and dark one or a taste teaser. My visit to the Perth Salon was by far identifiable as highly indulgent and you can view that visit here. This time around we enjoyed a taste teaser ordering a round of coffee and some small delicate treats.
At Koko Black it is table service for dine in patrons and it was nice to have our orders taken and glasses of water delivered whilst relaxing on the couch.
Our long macchiato coffees arrived a couple of minutes later each with a love heart of latte art etched into the crema and milk froth. The coffee was beautifully strong and the crema dark. If you order a cappuccino you’ll receive a small container of chocolate sprinklings to mix in. I personally prefer the long macchiato over the cappuccino, it contains less milk and more of that strong coffee taste.
Long Macchiato – three quarters topped up
I have attempted to make a creme brulee tart once before and I admire the delicate structure of this particular one, a very thin pastry shell, soft creme patisserie and a crisp burnt sugar layer. It was delicious!
Creme Brulee Tart
The small chocolates are handmade with no preservatives, artificial flavours and only real ingredients. Koko Black source their own cocoa beans turning them into delicious tasting chocolate. I was forunate enough to receive a 36 piece box of chocolates for my birthday and I am secretly hoping I receive one again next year! Sharing it with family, it was entertaining going through and trying them all, discussing and even debating the favourites.
My two favourites are the leatherwood honey and caramelized coconut. The salted caramel is always a good one to have with coffee. The chocolate may be small but they are full of flavour.
Leatherwood honey, caramelised coconut and salted caramel
Claremont Quarter, 23 St Quentin Avenue
Claremont WA 6010
Koko Black is across from the Claremont Train Station on the Fremantle Line. There is parking underneath the Claremont Quarter Shopping Centre and it is free for 3 hours. After that it is $5.00 per hour.
Contact 08 9284 2049
Tuesday to Thursday 9.00am–10.00pm