I was excited to hear that there was a new dessert cafe, and my expectations were high. There really isn’t many decent dessert cafes in Brisbane…and with Freestyle Tout at the top, many places are rushing to open but none has really measured up.
Mud Dessert Bar is located in Oxford Street in Bulimba…street of lots of cafes, pretty good location.
On entering, it was a little bit strange. The cafe has been painted completely black, with black tables and black chairs, I guess to get that edgy look, but the red and white pendent lighting in the room had bright white fluorescent lights and it was really strange in a cafe environment in the black room. Room had stainless steel fans and it did little to stop the mugginess that hung around. Come on, really? No air conditioning? Brisbane is pretty hot MOST of the time, but it was so hot to the point with the tables being sticky.
They actually served normal food, not just desserts and a varied dessert menu ranging from make your own ice-cream sundaes (choosing from different ice-cream flavours) for $15, to different plated desserts, $16 – $19.
Quite pricey considering Bulimba is the burbs.
The menu was quite creative and I was excited. I chose a Mars Bar Creme Brulee and my friend chose a Banoffee.
My Mars Bar Creme Brulee came on a wooden board, looks impressive. The whole dessert was incredibly rich, I’ve been known to eat 300 gram blocks of chocolates in one sitting, so chocolate overload is not usually a problem for me, but I couldn’t eat all of it.
The Brulee was huge, and I could not taste any caramel associated with Mars Bar, it just tasted like chilled chocolate cream honestly. Very, very rich. The chocolate ice-cream in a Chinese soup spoon was just silly, a scoop of ice-cream is hardly a one bite deal, and it was just ridiculous to try to eat, I couldn’t scoop my ice-cream up with a teaspoon so I had no choice but to just eat the whole scoop in one go. The churros were pretty good, coated with sugar but honestly, the whole dessert had no balance. I would’ve love some vanilla ice-cream, or some pouring cream…something to counter all that chocolate. I was disappointed.
My friend’s Banoffee was equally disappointed, not because it tasted bad, just totally unbalanced. The plate was piled with a strange oat-like crumble, my friend described as like cornflakes crispiness and piles of cream. A very small layer of sliced bananas, like 5 20 cent pieces worth and a very tiny amount of caramel. She said the caramel was incredibly tasty…but you only got a bite full.
There’s so much potential in the cafe, have air-con, refine the menu, drop the prices so it actually reflects the locality …but overall, I doubt I’d be visiting again.