Koko Black Salon, Perth
Koko Black is a chocolatier and café, the first store opened at Claremont Quarter Shopping Centre a couple of years ago and is the destination for chocoholics to delight and treat. I always return for the beautiful handmade chocolate truffles. My favourites are basically all of them (I was lucky to receive a big box for my birthday earlier this year), but the stand outs would have to be the Leatherwood honey, caramelised coconut and nutty praline. After a couple you will most likely find the Lindt Chocolate truffles just not the same afterwards! The truffles make lovely gifts for family and friends. The smallest gift box is priced at $6.80 which I think is fairly reasonable, especially since you can personalise by choosing the truffles.
After dinner and a movie at home we decided to check out the new Koko Black branch in the city which happens to be open until 11pm on a Friday and Saturday night. I love the idea of being able to go to a standalone place for just dessert. The Perth CBD store is modern in design and larger in floor space than the Claremont one. At the rear you’ll find the the chocolate truffle display and opposite is the kitchen where you can watch the creations during the day time.
We took a seat by the window facing William Street, next to a happy hens night group. The menu offers petite sized sweets such as Florentines to dessert degustation and high tea. You can also order any of the truffles as well, they are divine with a espresso.
The true surprise of the Salted Caramel Delice ($10.50) was revealed when the spoon sliced away to reveal the soft caramel centre. The caramel chocolate mousse flavour was subtle but when combined with the carmelised white chocolate brulee and chewy caramel centre it was quite decadent.
The Belgian Chocolate Mousse ($10.50) was presented in a small clear glass, smooth chocolate mousse, shredded and caramelised chocolate (called chocolate soil) and a scoop of chilled chocolate ice cream. Staying true to the Belgian origins, the recipe is from Bruges. Prompting me to add ‘try a Belgian chocolate mousse in Bruges” to my food bucket list. The Belgian Chocolate Mousse was certainly an extravagant mousse, beautifully smooth and soft textured. This dessert was devishly filling and incredibly sweet, the combination of the mousse, the ‘crunchy soil’ and ice cream was intense. Chocolate lovers take note!
The service at Koko Black was efficient and welcoming, we were lucky and thankful to be let in after the lounge closed sign went up.
After 10pm on a Saturday night Koko Black is one of only a handful of non bar/club/pub places in the CBD of Perth where you can grab a nice warm drink and some dessert in a conversational environment. Walking along Murray Sreet just before midnight we certainly were the minority, passing shrieking girls and rowdy guys – all very inebriated. I am glad those night clubbing days are well and truly behind me!
Address of the Perth Koko Black
140 William Street, Perth