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Cafe review: Koko Black

By johnboy 21 July 2008 26

Koko Black is screamingly, unashamedly, pretentious.

With it’s dark timberwork and leather you could think it had been there on Bunda Street for decades. If you didn’t know it was only opened a few months ago.

And the snootyness of the staff in their head to toe black! Snootyness like that doesn’t just come, it has to be worked on.

But what they’re selling is experience at a premium. And they deliver it in spades.

I know people from Melbourne who treat the Canberra Koko Black as a tourist attraction because they don’t have to queue up for a table like they do back home. It’s a mark of how Civic (or should I say “City”?) is moving up in the world that this cafe isn’t in Manuka.

In the pic you can see their chilli hot chocolate. The party-coloured drink packs a serious wallop. Between the heavy whack of the chilli and the sweetness of the chocolate it sets the nerves to jangling better than a double espresso.

Is it a chocolate shop? Is it a cafe? Is it *just* an experience?

I don’t know if I’ll be going too often, but I am rather glad I know it is there.

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Bassman 10:28 pm 22 Jul 08

well I love it! Their hot chocolate is the best I’ve ever had. Pity about the prices though….

sepi 9:32 pm 22 Jul 08

the chilli hot choc is great though.

but the service is sloooooow. I’d never go in if it looks full.

The chocolate cafe in kingston is also fantastic, and quite the opposite – very down home and cute. Definitley a one off. It is where the black swan used to be near the second hand bookshop.

ant 9:01 pm 22 Jul 08

Wait to be SEATED? Thhppppt. This is Australia. Bugger that. Find the local places that can make a good, honest coffee, and patronise them.

Headbonius 8:57 pm 22 Jul 08

Sorry, agree with JB on this one, Koko Black rools.

tylersmayhem 2:55 pm 22 Jul 08

I wouldn’t pay the premium price for coffee there (it is just coffee), but the chocolate mousse and hot chocolate is some of the best I’ve ever had (and I’ve had a lot). I’ve only been there once because it’s kinda hard to justify paying the incredible prices – but that said, I will be back – just not on a weekend.

Woody Mann-Caruso 1:36 pm 22 Jul 08

Just another data point:

Went there before lunch today. Waited ten minutes for table service in a near-empty store, had to go round someone up in the end. Ordered the chilli, got plain, couldn’t be ar.ed complaining. Haven’t had that problem before – service has been attentive in the past, even during busy times.

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