After a lot of edomame at Little Ramen Bar, we decided to work off our meal by strolling to Om Nom Dessert Bar on Flinders Lane (yes a far walk). No doubt this place’s popularity has been bolstered by having head chef Christy Tania appear on Masterchef. We were happy to get a table without a reservation and ordered the chocolate souffle and the apple tarte tartin.
The tarte tartin ($27) was not what we expected, being far from the hot crispy pastry instead being almost like a cake having layers of a cookie layer, apple slices, chocolate and lightly flavoured with lemongrass and ginger. Whilst it was nice, I don’t think we particularly had wanted this dessert having ordered tarte tartin. The base was also rather hard and difficult to break apart.
Next, chocolate souffle ($25). I’ve had a lot of really nice souffles at many restaurants – none have costed me $25 before. I expected it to be at least a decent size but this one was smaller than a tea cup. It was also served with whipped cream in a small bottle which reminded me of Mr Hives desserts. Problem was the accompanying spoon was so dainty that cream was too much trouble to spoon out. The accompanying (rather small) melon ball of ice cream was interesting – one of them tasted like mandarin pith.
Having read some reviews in favour of this restaurant (it’s hard to dislike the name I must say), I’m left rather puzzled as to Om Nom’s popularity. I’d say for the money there’s plenty on offer elsewhere. Possibly the presentation of other dishes might be the wow factor that was missing from these two dishes that justify the prices.