Best known for my appetite for desserts, I finally got the chance to visit OKO Dessert Kitchen to test out whether their desserts are as amazing as they look! Conveniently in Auckland CBD just downstairs from the Imax Cinema complex, I was glad for something that was open each day from 8am to 11pm
It’s a mix between an ice cream parlour and a dedicated dessert restaurant like Milse. Fortunately unlike Milse, there wasn’t a 30min cue to get a table.
There are plenty of desserts in the cabinet to choose from but you also have the choice of an a la carte menu. So many choices that you’ll be faced with the dreaded first world problem of not knowing what to order.
Between 3 friends we ordered a dessert each to try out. Each looked exquisite with the different layers of promised dessert goodness and adorned with gold flakes and crumbles. Cue my excitedness. When we finally got over how gorgeous it looked on the plate, it was time to put it to the test.
Each layer was densely packed and very rich so I’d recommend ordering tea to go along with it. It was tasty but no surprises with the taste. I would have liked to have different textures for the different layers – something a bit lighter like wafer to break up the density and richness.
The favourite of the three goes to the Tiramisu. Deceivingly soft looking on the outside, you crack the shell open to reveal the soft texture of whipped mascarpone. While the freeze dried fruits added nothing but extra colour at the top, I preferred the humble sweetness of the Tiramisu compared to the others.
I’d like to come back to try the cocktails. The list looked enticing and I hope they’re not washed down versions of what is promised. The a la carte menu is also something to try as an after dinner treat, but if you like to see what you’re going to get, the cabinet desserts are enough to choose from.
OKO Dessert Kitchen
Aotea Square, 291-297 Queen Street