KOI

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Ph: 02 9182 0976

6 Central Park Ave
Chippendale, 2008 NSW
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Opening Hours

SUN 11:00am - 10:00pm
MON closed
TUE 11:00am - 10:00pm
WED 11:00am - 10:00pm
THU 11:00am - 10:00pm
FRI 11:00am - 10:00pm
SAT 11:00am - 10:00pm

The Details

Cuisine
  • South-East Asian
Need to Know
  • Great for Dates
Serving
  • Dessert
In the mood for
  • Cocktails
  • Wine

He won our hearts as a contestant in MasterChef Australia and now, Reynold Poernomo is winning over sweet tooths across Sydney with his new-and-improved KOI. The new flagship Sydney store is the brainchild of Poernomo and his two brothers, Ronald and Arnold and is a three-part dining precinct in the heart of Chippendale's Art District. 

In the "East Wing", located on the ground floor, the Dessert Bar will make you feel like a kid in a candy store. The sleek space is dedicated to KOI's signature sweet treats, Basque cheesecakes, and limited-edition creations boldly on display, plus you can get St Dreux coffee and fancy teas. 

Head over to the "West Wing", though, and it's another kind of sin—rum cocktails and whisky drams. Called Monkey's Corner, the so-called dive bar has an industrial fit-out—think concrete, steel, and timber. It also boasts a giant mural of Arnold Poernomo’s Cyber Kong NFT artwork. Oh, and it's also a noodle bar, serving up share plates like nori cigars with ocean trout tartare, torched wagyu striploin, and sea urchin toast alongside the noodle dishes (the black truffle one is a winner). Yep, there's a fair bit going on in here. But, trust us, it works.

But the crown jewel is KOI Experiential, aptly situated in the centre of KOI. This is where the main magic happens. The spotlight is on a stunning 12-seater horseshoe-shaped sculptural bar, the setting for this chef's table experience. 

“As a kid, you’re naturally full of curiosity and wonder. You think anything is possible. And then you get older, and for some reason, that goes away,” said Reynold in a statement about his inspiration behind the Chef’s Table experience. “KOI Experiential is a playground for your inner child, a place you can come as you are and experience things that makes you feel like a kid again.”

From biting into edible table décor to tasting the colour pink, the wondrous theatrics of the presentation here doesn't take away from the phenomenal blend of savoury and sweet treats.

You'll never know what you'll get; dishes rotate at free will based on the season and new ideas, each carrying a story that begs to be told.

Image credit: KOI