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When Hannah came to visit I thought it was a pretty good excuse to get around to checking out the Messina dessert bar. Messina gelato has won a lot of awards, and until recently was regarded as the best gelato in Sydney, and even beat a lot of Italian ones at the annual championships (yes, they have gelato contests!) Recently the Cow and Moon at Enmore has also scooped some international prizes, so that’s next on the list to try!

The Dessert Bar is a new concept, next to the regualr gelato store in Darlinghurst. Messina have some pretty exciting flavours and about 5 or 6 new special ones on a regular basis. Apparently the idea behind the dessert bar was to get the customers more involved in creating different flavour combinations – sounds good to me!

I had a look online before we went, so got the general idea. Basically you can choose from some pre-designed combinations, or make your own from the menu board. The menu board was pretty overwhelming, with 10 different sections and a total of  31 different things! You have to stand and read it too, rather than sit and peruse at your leisure.  I didn’t understand why a plain cup with no ‘base’ costs the same as one with churros or pancakes etc. Maybe you get more gelato with that option.

The menu

The menu

I know I wanted Churros becaue I love them and hadn’t had them for ages. I also fancies the raspberry meringues, but it turned out they were rosewater ones. I hate rosewater, so quickly ditched that idea. I found the list too long in the end, so decided to go for the pre-designed Ay caramba! It is ‘a swirl of blood peach and toasted macadamia gelato, churros, creme anglaise, Peruvian chocolate and dulche de leche foam’. 

Pre-designed sundaes

Pre-designed sundaes

 

When it came out it looked pretty damn amazing! And quite like the picture too, which is always a good sign.

So, the verdict. The churros were warm, crunchy on the outside, soft in the middle, covered in yummy sugar and absolutely amazing. It was great they made them fresh. The dulche de leche foam was very very light and amazingly tasty and the dark chocolate went with it all really well. I couldn’t really find or taste the creme anglaise. I’m not generally a fan of soft serve ice cream, normally I find it pretty bland. Unfortunately I wasn’t convinced by the soft serve from Messina either. The blood peach flavour was definitely zesty and you could taste it, but the toasted macadamia didn’t really taste of much to me and drowned out the peach. I know they can’t have all the flavours of gelatro from their  shop next door as that would definately be too many, but I think there is certainly room for improvement in the tastiness of their soft serve. A few more flavours of that would have been good to, as there were only two to choose between which didn’t seem like enough to me.

Ay caramba!

Ay caramba!

So overall i’d probably give it an 8.5/10. I would go there again and create something else, most likely still involving churros and dark chocolate, as long as they had some better soft serve flavours. Otherwise i’d probably stick with a couple of scoops of awesome gelato from next door – you can’t go wrong with that.

If you want to make your mouth water more, you can visit the website, here. 

 

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