Whisk isn't the sort of place you drop by for dessert after enjoying a lovely meal. Whisk is the sort of place where dessert IS your meal, and if you are thoughtless enough to visit without fasting for at least two days beforehand, then all I can say is 'I warned you.'
Whisk specialises in elaborate gelato concoctions, with bases made from cronuts, or profiterole puffs, meringues or ice cream cones made from puff pastry. Balanced precariously on these tasty foundations comes a variety of house-made gelato flavours, then topped with an eye-watering array of extras including macarons, shards of chocolate and hot fudge.
In other words, don't forget to bring your camera or smart phone, because the place you will see and hear most about Whisk, is on Instagram.
The menu is worth photographing or 'borrowing' to study for your next attempt, because once you visit you will most likely see something that some other soul has bought and immediately get food envy, or possibly a coronary. Heart patients, the lap-banded, gluten and dairy intolerant need not apply.
Top of the list is 'I Eat Milkshakes' at the wallet emptying $19.90. Sorry, $19.9. It's too cool to have the extra digit. This is the milkshake you have seen doing the rounds on social media arriving in a mason jar full of choc and blueberry milkshake, then topped with a cronut, fresh cream, brownie pieces and cookies. It is so big it arrives with a separate bowl and cutlery, so you can remove your calorie dense 'topping' before attempting your milkshake.
There are other, less death-defying milkshakes available from the $7.4 'classics' based on their standard range of gelato flavours: matcha green tea, ivory coast chocolate, burnt vanilla, Italian hazelnut, salted caramel, banana, strawberry, raspberry, mango and gianduia (a sweet hazelnut chocolate).
Then there are the food milkshakes ranging from $12 up to the $20 whopper, which have a variety of toppings and extras including chocolate mousse, Graham crackers and fresh cream.
But few people probably go to Whisk for a milkshake. They are there for the desserts.
Prices range from $8.6 for the Cremino Cone (a waffle cone with hazelnut gelato, burnt vanilla gelato, dark chocolate dip, milk chocolate shards and chocolate and almond cookies) to $15.4 for the Tom & Berry's (a choux puff, wildberry compote, vanilla gelato, wild berry sorbet, fresh cream, strawberry coulis and finished with a white chocolate and strawberry macaron).
Other fabulous concoctions include the Charlie Brown ($13.4) which comes in a choux puff with hot fudge, choc mousse, marshmallows and brownies and the caramel sandwich ($12.8) a cronut with salted caramel gelato, caramel sauce and fresh cream.
All the advertisements say 'freshly made while you wait' but in reality, I think they mean freshly 'assembled' as the gelatos are already spinning in machines. Everything is made on site from the meringue bases to the cronuts. Considering how busy they can be, service is quick and you will have your dessert within minutes. At certain times of day you can even order and pay for your own from the iPads and card facilities on the wall.
It is not a beautiful space, but it's not as though people were interested in photographing the room. No, it's the food people were snapping and with good reason. All desserts come in a paper bowl (understandable and necessary for the takeaways, but a bit of a pity for those who dine in) with a full set of cutlery (you'll need it).
Seating is limited, and obviously you can't book a table, but you can choose from outdoor tables on Rokeby, perch at a small bar or try and nab one of the inside tables.
There is a small freezer that holds some of the individual and larger desserts individual bombe Alaska for example ($13) or a range of fancy paddle-pop type gelatos, all made with Asian inspired flavours such as tonka bean, assam black tea and mango and yuzu.
If it is all too hard, or you didn't prepare properly in advance (ie you stupidly ate dinner beforehand) you can even create your own masterpiece, like I did, in the hope it would be smaller and more manageable on a full stomach.
Start by choosing a base (including cronuts, pavlova meringues, doughnut cones or simply a cup or cone) which also dictates how many flavours of gelato you can have.
Then you select from eight flavours of gelato, then go nuts on toppings the 60 cent toppings (such as nuts, M&Ms, cookies, meringues, caramel popcorn and Graham crackers), the $1 toppings (such as berry sauces, chocolate or caramel sauces, fudge or passionfruit curd) and then because you can add one of the 'specials' such as a macaron, cheesecake bites, or perhaps hot melted chocolate, which will quickly set and you will have to crack your way through.
This was my attempt at something light a choux puff base [$8.4], with wild strawberry and rhubarb sorbet, rhubarb crθme anglaise [$1], fresh strawberries [$2] and a white chocolate top [$1.5]. Delicious it was. Light? Not so much.
Oh, they also make coffee and ice drinks and smoothies, but really, no one cares about them.
Whisk Creamery is located at 151 Roberts Rd in Subiaco and is open daily from 11am to 9.30pm (10.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays).