Koko Black is the newly opened chocolatier located in the glamorous Claremont Quarter on St Quentin Avenue in Claremont. My first taste of Koko Black was in Chadstone in Melbourne when a friend had asked me to buy some chocolates back for them. It was a good enough reason for me to try their chocolates out (I was a diehard loyal fan of Max Brenner before that, well I’m still is!). I remembered their range of dark chocolates were fantastic, so I was quite excited that they are opening a store here in Perth. There are not that many good chocolatiers around, and one less ever since Leonidas closed down on St Georges Terrace so it was welcoming news - another place for me to buy my dose of chocolates. Yay!
We made our way there one Saturday morning to try their high tea. As it was the weekend before Easter, the place was chock-a-block with people buying easter eggs! The shop was full of colourful and lovely easter eggs! Loved the atmosphere in the air. On the other side of the shop, Kim Linssen, the Head Chocolatier was stationed, busy making chocolate tarts for the cafe. A very lively place indeed!
The shop is adjoined to the cafe which is brightly lit and spacious – there is an indoor and outdoor seating area with comfortable sofas! Great!
The menu (or parts of it):
- Traditional Iced Chocolate ($7.75)
- Queen of Hearts Platter – sharing for two ($18.50 pp)
I’d been wanting to try the Queen of Hearts (Koko Black’s interpretation of the revered high tea as they nicely put it) ever since I saw the blog writeups about it at the media event. It came with a choice of either tea, coffee or hot/iced chocolate. We both ordered the Belgian Hot Chocolate Mocha as recommended by my friend to be yummo. And truly it was really, really good! I loved it. It was thick and flavoursome. A truly gorgeous drink!! I want more! The Traditional Iced Chocolate looked beautiful too (I didn’t get to try it but I know it must be good just from the outlook. I have an excuse now to go back! :)).
The Queen of Hearts platter consists of an array of savoury (Sandwiches, Leek&Ricotta Tart, Pancetta&Cherry Tart) and sweet (Lemon Tart, Brulee Tart, Pannacotta, Chocolate Brownie, Lamington) items. My first thought when I saw the platter was how small it was! I don’t know about most people but I tend to eat quite a bit especially during the day! My friend had the exact same thoughts especially as the platter cost $37 in total. The savoury items were a bit disappointing and insufficient in amount, however the platter was saved by the sweet items especially the Lemon Tart, Brulee Tart and the Pannacotta. These three items were my favourite. The tarts were really yummy!
Overall, Koko Black is a great place for dessert – they have the most decadent beverages and I’d heard their individual desserts are marvellous too. Some items may be overpriced but still worth a try! (This is the sweet tooth in me talking). I can’t wait to go back to try the other desserts on the menu especially the Chocolate Tart!
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Rating by: N.L.
Telephone: 08 9284 2049
Address: 23 St Quentin Avenue, Claremont
Monday to Thursday: 9am – 10pm
Friday to Saturday: 9am – 11pm
Sunday: 1030am – 10pm