Saturday, 27 September 2014

Gelato Messina Dessert Bar, Darlinghurst - 26 Sept 2014


Gelato Messina have just opened the Dessert Bar in the space which once housed the Creative Department. The Dessert Bar is essentially a DIY / "choose your own adventure" sundae bar, where you get to have a bit of fun and build your own sundae by choosing as many toppings as you want with your soft serve. 

My wife and I arrived at the Dessert Bar at 5:30pm for some pre-dinner sundaes. Dessert before dinner may seem odd to some but we were able to beat the queues by coming this early (or maybe the crowds have all migrated to Cow and Moon now following their win at the Gelato World Tour). In any case, you will only ever see us at The Cross in broad daylight.       

The menu board
Building your own sundae may be only a 3-step process, but one is bombarded with choice when you enter the Dessert Bar.  Here's how you create your own sundae:

Step 1 choose your base: cup, cone (plain waffle or raspberry waffle) or carb (crepe, choux puff or doughnut). 
Step 2 choose your soft serve gelato: currently burnt vanilla, fanta sorbet or a swirl of both. 
Step 3 choose your toppings: currently includes hot fudges, choc top dip, foams, jellies, gels, creamies, bits and bobs and crunchy bits

There's a total of 23 different toppings at the moment and you can choose as many as you like for 80c each. My maths is probably a bit off, but that's 113,246,208 possible creations (please don't check :P)! The gelato flavours and the toppings will change every one or two months to keep us coming back for more.

All those toppings!

Donuts, choux puffs!

Popcorn!

Suggested sundaes for the less creative / decisive
Or you can scrap what I've written above and choose one of the suggestive sundaes that have already been tried and tested by the Messina kitchen. In typical Messina fashion, all the sundaes have funny, punny names including trailer trash brunch, carni candi, pavlova-kona, honey I burnt the kids, choux-co late dreams, the nutty professor, I dough know and cup of life. After much indecisiveness (even from a menu of just 8), we decided to try Honey I Burnt the Kids and Carni Candy.    

Choc top time!

Carni Candy ($9.90)

I just couldn't resist editing some eyes in hehe :P
Check out the massive afro on the carni candy! The nostalgic carni candy evoked memories of some of my childhood favourite sweets like choc top, redskin, fanta, strawberries & cream, and fairy floss! 

The fairy floss was voluminous and cute, but not very practical to eat, so I had to take off its wig before I could bite into the carni candy. I found its helmet, I mean chocolate coating, to be a bit thick. The fanta sorbet was nice and tasted like fanta (duh!). Having the fanta and chocolate together was like a mouthful of jaffas.     

The best part of this sundae was definitely the redskin custard, which was piped inside of the waffle cone. I absolutely loved redskins growing up and the redskin custard had all the familiar raspberry flavour that I came to love as a kid. And the best thing with this redskin is that it doesn't get stuck to your teeth! Inside the waffle cone were also some strawberry and cream jellies.   

Inside the carni candy, kind of like a jaffa cone!

Honey I burnt the kids ($9.90)
The other sundae that we ordered was honey I burnt the kids, which consisted of burnt vanilla gelato, burnt honey mousse, smoked butter popcorn, and smoked chocolate fudge served in a cup. The flavour combinations in "honey I burnt the kids" were more conventional and we both preferred this sundae. There might sound like there are a lot of smoked / burnt things in here but the smokiness is not overpowering and works quite nicely. The burnt vanilla gelato had a smooth, creamy texture, like how all good soft serves should be. I would happily order this sundae again.

While I still think a cup of gelato from next door is more satisfying, the Dessert Bar offers something fun and different and is definitely worth checking out. Plus who wouldn't want redskin custard or fairy floss with their gelato?  

Gelato Messina Dessert Bar
Address: 243 Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Contact no: (02) 8354 1223
Website: http://www.gelatomessina.com/messina-dessert-bar/

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21 comments:

  1. I like my soft serves smooth and creamy so I will choose burnt vanilla for sure! So how many combinations does that leave me with...it's not half of 113,246,208 right? My maths is bad...

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    1. Hi CC, you will definitely prefer the burnt vanilla over the Fanta. The Fanta one is more icy. And no it wouldn't be half of 113,246,208 (which is probably wrong lol) cos you need to eliminate the fanta AND the swirl, so it would be 1/3 haha :P

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  2. We didn't love the burnt vanilla gelato and the Honey We Burnt the Kids but they're certainly creative!

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    1. Hi Lorraine, the Messina guys are certainly creative, coming up with new things all the time. I guess that means their creations aren't going to be a hit with everybody.

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  3. looks like lots of fun! will have to drop past one night after work :)

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    1. Hi missklicious, it is certainly alot of fun. Just make sure you don't have too much fun and end up with a creation where the flavours don't go well together lol

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  4. It's so fluffy I want to die! I don't know why I want to say that but it somehow reminds me of Despicable Me. I'm giggling whilst I'm typing this :D

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    1. Hi nessyeater, i know that fairy floss :D I see the resemblance too to a minion wearing an afro wig hahaha. He just needs some goggles

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  5. Dear Chris,

    I don't have a sweet tooth and I'm a gelato messina virgin. For a while, I wondered how they created that face on your ice cream. But I think you did a better job with your teeth marks on the carni candy in making it look like the face of Darth Vader.

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    1. Hi ChopinandMysaucepan, you might be the only food blogger that I am aware of that hasn't been to Messina! And LOL about Darth Vader. That was totally unintentional (of course) but I can see Darth Vader too now :D

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    2. Surely I'm not the only blogger who's a Messina virgin. And I bet that Darth Vader face is totally intentional.

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  6. Nice one, have to go soon! how much seating is there?

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    1. Hi Sydney Noob, there is not very much seating, just a few tables and stools. Standing room only most of the time

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  7. this sounds insane! cant wait to check it out!

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    1. Hi Amy, definitely check it out. Be more adventurous than me and try to create your own sundae :)

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  8. Ah, so quick to visit the new popup! I can't wait to see what it's going to be like for myself. The weather calls for it too!

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    1. Hi Michael, I think the dessert bar is a permanet fixture so there is no rush to visit. Yesterday was perfect gelato weather, a balmy 33 degress! This weekend looks warm too, so would be a great time to head to the dessert bar.

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  9. How much crazy fun is this dessert bar? Was so hard to choose which toppings to get, although afterwards I did still hanker for a scoop of pistachio gelato from next door. lol

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    1. Hi Helen, I know eh! Bombarded with so much choice!

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  10. How big was that afro LOL... but I still liked Honey I Burnt the Kid better...

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    1. I agree. I like the Honey I Burnt the kids one more too. The carni candy was more fun though

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