The chefs are using their experience to redefine the dining section of KOI.
The story of KOI Dessert Bar & Dining commenced long before Reynold Poernomo was inducted into MasterChef’s dessert hall of fame as the ‘King of Desserts’ in 2015. In fact, this heartwarming story began in a tiny garage back in in 2012, where Reynold’s mother, Ike Malada, started her food business with only $300, in order to help support the family.
KOI, which stands for 'Kids Of Ike', is operated by brothers Ronald, Arnold and Reynold Poernomo, who together have delivered some of Australia’s most unique and delicious desserts. Reynold has pushed the range of exciting flavours and textures to consistently introduce memorable desserts, while Arnold previously headed their dining, curating an Indonesian centred savoury menu.
Now, from 1st March 2019, Ike’s youngest son, Reynold, and head chef Alvin Susanto (ex Catalina, est. & Vue de monde), are taking over the entire KOI operation and using the experience they have gained over the past three years to redefine the dining section of KOI to provide a more refined and restrained menu with an intimate dining setting.
“I’ve learned a lot since MasterChef but the most important lesson has been to show restraint in cooking. Complex does not have to mean complicated. My style of cooking has become much more mature and so have my ideas. It’s no longer about coming up as many ideas as possible but instead taking the time to develop and grow them which allows me to correct what doesn’t work and have more thoughtfulness in my dishes.”
KOI’s set menus will change seasonally with its autumn menu focusing on warmer flavours that are earthy, spicy with a hint of Indonesian. Some key dishes for diners to look out for include 'Crack bread milk bun with Sambal butter', 'Lemongrass orange blossom gel' and 'Pumpkin Rendang'.
Bookings can be made at the website here.