Onxy Dessert Lounge is a hot new spot on O'Connell Street, but don't let the name fool you, Onyx do a lot more than just desserts. Whether you're after a light meal, full degustation, quick cocktail, or indulgent dessert, Onyx has all of your bases covered.
The menu at Onyx was created by head chef Daniel Serafin, and Le Petit Gateau'sPierrick Boyer, and through savoury and dessert features elements of molecular gastronomy and other playful styles. At first glance elements can seem a little gimmicky, but Onyx offers 5-star service in a relaxing setting and fabulous food to match. Whatever it is, it works so well.
[ADVERT]Onyx is unlike most other local dessert bars that favour the dimly lit cosy cafe style, instead Onyx at first glance looks like it could be a cross between the Barbie Dreamhouse and the set from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. It's amazing how quickly the bright colours grow on you, and all of a sudden it all feels very chic. As a contrast there are intimate booths decked out almost entirely in white.
Whilst the space is large, Onyx is also popular, so it's recommended that you make a booking. Generally you'll be fine earlier in the night, but from 7:30pm onwards things can get quite busy.
Both the sweet and savoury menus are divided into the five elements of taste: bitter, sweet, salty, sour, and umami. The savoury menu is made up of mostly light options, and the ideal way to sample the menu is to order several dishes between two to four people. Most are perfect for sharing. Items on the menu are fun and playful, including the SA king prawns and scallops that come served in mini cones topped with popping roe, and the smoked cylinders with edible sand that is unveiled in front of you.
Another dining option is the five-course degustation, which includes 4 savoury courses of the chef's choice, and 1 dessert course of your choice. The regular degustation is $60pp, but you can add on matched wines or a cocktail flight for an extra $30 or $50.
Of course heading to a dessert lounge you expect the desserts to shine, so it's a good thing that the menu is interesting and delicious. The sticky date pudding is a gooey delight, cracking it open causes the ice cream inside to ooze out and mingle with the salted caramel on the plate. The deconstructed pavlova doesn't quite get the texture and flavour of the much loved pav, but it's a delicious choice all the same.
Other desserts include the mango and ginger brulee with mango syrup, a bombe alaska set alight and containing white chocolate ice cream and raspberry sorbet, and a signature dish and signature cake from Pierrick Boyer.
Cocktails work well with the savoury and sweet menus, and are even split into their own tastes. A highlight is the balsamic strawberry fizz with mint, balsamic glaze, vanilla vodka, strawberry liqueur, strawberries and soda. The drink is full of real strawberries which mean that it's not overly sweet with sickly substitutes, and the mint makes it nice and refreshing. The bartender described it as the ugliest drink on the menu, but the tastiest.
Pricing at Onyx is a little more than your regular dessert bar, but desserts still range between $12-$18. You might not enjoy them if you're a fan of quantity over quality, but most servings are still generous and the pricing is reasonable. Cocktails range between $16-$20, while most items on the savoury menu are about $16. A night at Onxy won't be your cheapest night out, but it's likely to be one you remember, and that's worth paying for. Overall a little indulgence won't actually set you back very much.