A girl’s night out led us to Onyx Dessert Bar for a much needed uni catch up. It was really nice to see and catch up with so many familiar faces – life and work sometimes gets in the way of how much time we actually have.
Lots of people were awing over the touch screen menu but call me old fashioned – I would have preferred just a paper one. I did not like having to flick back and forth between 12 pages on the touch screen. Looking at the menu I was shocked at how expensive this place was – some desserts cost $22! I would be able to get a fairly decent dinner at Amalfi’s for the same price and they pack in a lot more than dessert.
Chocolate fondant, poached pear, crème anglaise, nutmeg Chantilly – $16
It took 45 minutes for a waiter to come take our order, one of my friends actually had to flag one down. Starving from not having dinner I shared the mac and cheese ($8), garlic bread ($10) and a dessert with 2 lovely ladies. The mac and cheese was served with pieces of poached egg with macaroni covered in tasty creamy cheese. The garlic bread was thin with a crisp snap and it came with with a trio of dips – a hit on our table. These savoury dishes were definitely snack size and not made for a meal.
The white chocolate mousse was like eating a softer version of Cadbury Dream white chocolate. Us girls were puzzled at what this was – I actually wasn’t sure how this was mousse as it had the texture of a cheesecake. The jelly was tasteless, not really understanding what the jelly was supposed to add to the whole dish.
White chocolate and rhubarb mirror mousse, poached rhubarb, strawberry and lime coulis – $18
I also got a strawberry mojito ($18). Warning: this part will be a very biased view because I know my taste buds for drinks are weird – just feed me anything sweet and I’ll like it. Sadly for me the strawberry mojito was not sweet – a strong alcohol taste with a very slight flavour. I took a couple of sips and gave it to N who gladly demolished it.
The desserts were quite ordinary – you pay for the presentation but I must admit they were fun to watch. One of the ladies got the chocolate sphere – the waiter poured the caramel sauce over the chocolate sphere, melting it and revealing white chocolate mousse and peanut praline. Pretty to look at but expensive for something that is a bit eh and not wowing in terms of taste.
Service: 2/5 – bordering on being too polite and stepping over to condescending. Took forever to even order.