Onyx Dessert Lounge is a fairly new dessert spot in Adelaide for around 5 months, as I am writing, now. It is a lounge situated at one of the famous dining street, O' Connell Street. Its feature is desserts and cocktails as well as the ambience. Cocktails and desserts make a good combination as both flavours blend together to provide a balance for our taste buds.
I passed by this place out of random and I was deeply attracted by its colourful interior (scroll down and you will get to see it!). That was how I was strongly motivated to visit this lounge. And so, me and my friends went there for her graduation and birthday celebration. Food journey starts NOW!
We were greeted by a friendly Onyx team member and the contemporary decor as we entered the door. The decor is simple yet trendy, oozing out the playfulness through the mix and match of bright colour from curtains, sofa, wall and bar.
|The interior decor|
|View from my seat|
For the cocktails, Onyx has catagorised them into 4 different sense of taste. Reference to the waiter regarding the matching of cocktail to certain dessert is highly recommended. As we choose what to clothe, desserts do match well with certain type of cocktail. That would bring out the best of both.
|The table menu|
It is a liquid snickers being served in a martini glass with nutty caramel sheet. The nutty caramel tastes like chinese nutty sugar bar. The smell of alcohol is strong with a tinge of sweet snicker within. The bottom of the glass is filled with caramel where the sweetness originates. This can be ordered in combination with Cuban Chocolate Square or Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake.
St Germain SourIt lies in the sour section of cocktail. It is a combination of elderberries, lemon, mint, and passionfruit which will give you a refreshing start to your dessert. The passionfruit sorbet is not too sweet, whereas the addition of mint further enhances the cocktail. There is not much alcoholic element in this, hence it is recommended for those who can't stand the smell of alcohol and yet want to have a try.
|St Germain Sour|
Onyx Expresso Martini
A coffee enthusiast? This can be your choice. Onyx's style of mixing vanila vodka, frangelino, fresh coffee and creme de cacao together has produced this martini where you can taste both coffee and alcohol. Interestingly, the foamy layer will still remain even after you drink till the bottom of the glass. This was ordered in combination with Chocolate Fondant.
Chocolate Fondantwith Poached Pear, Creme Angalaise (light pouring custard), Nutmeg Chantilly (whipped cream) and Honey Honeycomb
Instead of being gooey, the chocolate fondant is a little bit dry and not too sweet. There is only a little amount of melted chocolate in the middle of fondant, which makes it not too surprising. The ginger ice cream is special as it exudes sweetness and spiciness at the same time. Worthwhile to be mentioned, Onyx has incorporated gold leaf on poached pear, which makes this dessert an exquisite one. Its effort of making the honeycomb is applaudable too as the strands are pretty even in texture.
Cuban Chocolate Squarewith Burnt Milk Gelato, Praline Cigar and Hazelnut Praline
This is another top effortful dessert in Onyx as it is full of creativity. Do you notice the long radar which is radiating from the caramelised sugar blob? You will be surprised that it is quite stable and sturdy. In addition, the cigar which is made up of praline has soft fillings within the harder covering. It tastes like Magnum Ice Cream. For the chocolate square, you can taste the rich dark chocolate before the rum kicks in as it contains alcohol. However, the ice cream is pretty normal and tastes like vanilla ice cream instead.
|Cuban Chocolate Square|
Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecakewith Balsamic Ice Cream, Fig Jelly, Caramelized Fig, Grape Gel and Cinnamon Lavosh
The cheesecake has a subtle flavour instead of being cheesy. I still prefer a rich cheesecake though. The knife which is biscuit-like is really unique as you can eat the whole knife without hurting your throat. The fig jelly is indescribable, probably because fig is one of the incomprehensible fruits for me.
|Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake|
Sticky Date Puddingwith Caramel Sauce, Orange Peel Ice Cream and Blood Orange Jelly
Sticky date pudding tastes pretty good aside from the more-buttery-than-usual texture. I really like the orange peel ice cream as it gives us the summery feeling where our taste buds are further stimulated for further degustation. Blood orange jelly is being decorated by gold leaf too.
|Sticky Date Pudding|
Lemon Sugar Caramelized Vanilla Creme Bruleewith Chocolate Ganache and Palet Breton
The creme brulee is soft with caramelized top layer. Chocolate ganache is more rich than the Cuban Chocolate Square. Besides that, the palet breton which is a french biscuit has a crunchy texture.
|Lemon Sugar Caramelized Vanilla Creme Brulee|
|Yours truly blogger|
|The dessert team|
It is an Easter weekend. What does Easter mean to you besides the long weekend? To me, it is a time of gratitude and appreciation of what Jesus has done on the cross for us. Have a blessed Easter!
Address: 163 O'Connell Street, North Adelaide, SA 5006
Trading hours: 6pm-12pm (Wed-Thurs), 5pm-1am (Fri-Sat), 4pm-10pm (Sun)