Onyx Dessert Bar, North Adelaide

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

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

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.

Food: 2/5
Service: 2/5 – bordering on being too polite and stepping over to condescending. Took forever to even order.
Atmosphere: 3/5

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4 comments for “Onyx Dessert Bar, North Adelaide

  1. May 23, 2013 at 10:38 am

    That’s a bit disappointing to hear and I do understand your pain of having to pay so much for just average tasting desserts :( Was contemplating if it’s worth the visit but you convinced me otherwise. Love your pictures btw :)

    • I Only Eat Desserts
      May 25, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      Thanks for the lovely comment! I was actually a bit hesitant to go as I had heard of some pretty average comments. When you fork out that much money it better taste amazing, save your money!

  2. Nicola
    August 12, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Don’t forget the “hot” chocolate that was served luke warm and had to be taken back…twice!!

    • I Only Eat Desserts
      August 12, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Oh no I forgot about that – whose hot chocolate was that? :S

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