Being an avid fan of dessert, there was no question that sooner or later, I would be heading to Cowch for dessert. It was quite crowded on that chilly night that we headed there, and there was a small queue to get in.
After a short wait, we were promptly seated outside the restaurant on one of the outdoor seats. I would have preferred inside seating, but there wasn't much of an option.
There were quite an assortment of cakes on display. All those familiar with me will know no doubt how excited it makes me to see such a display.
Despite my infatuation with cake, this is what I had come for. The glass case of naked pops, which many had posted online. Now what is a Naked Pop? What it is, is a base ice cream where you choose what to 'clothe' it with, being white/milk/dark chocolate and an assortment of extras.
It took me a while to make my decision between mint and coffee base, but in the end I decided on coffee, with dark chocolate. Initially I was very excited about what extras I could put on top of it, having made my selection (kiwi, strawberry and pineapple), to be then told that the pool from which I made my pick on was not available and I would need to pick from another side selection of toppings, none of which appealed to me. So in the end, I had my naked pop with only dark chocolate. The ice cream itself, was very very smooth. It was very very similar to Magnum actually.
Another friend made the same decision as me, and ordered a mint naked pop, with dark chocolate and no toppings.
One friend, decided to get the strawberry naked pop, with a selection of the toppings made available to her.
Another friend ordered the hazelnut baci with a side of cookies and cream ice cream. It was very very rich and very very sweet. So sweet, that we had to ask for water, which was promptly served to us upon request.
Lastly, the highlight of our night was the udder puffs, which retrospectively is the best thing on their menu (i.e. I should have ordered this instead). It was the best value item on the menu, being comprised of three puffs stuffed with strawberries, topped with three scoops of ice cream and drizzled with chocolate. The puffs could have been a bit warmer, but it was the better of the available options.
In conclusion, Cowch is an interesting addition to the many dessert bars at Southbank, distinctly different from the multitude of chocolate themed places, its definitely worth trying for the experience.
Price Range: $10-$15 per person