Are you ready for an obscene amount of gelato photos in one post?
The whole saga began when I first heard about friends driving out specifically for a gelato run (people do that?), and then later someone else asked me what my favourite gelato place was (none at the time), what I thought of Gelato Messina because they thought it was all hype (I’d never visited a Messina at the time) and recommended another gelato place in Sydney (still yet to visit). Gelato is apparently a pretty big deal to many, so I guess there’s only one way for me to find out and form my own opinion. Yes, Vickie finally visited Gelato Messina to see what the fuss was all about. This is what Gelato Messina at Miranda is all about!
- Gelato Messina Standard Flavours (Gelato)
- Gelato Messina Standard Flavours (Sorbet)
- Gelato Messina Special Flavours
Note 1: I don’t have a sweet tooth so very little sweetness would satisfy me and any more quickly overwhelm and sicken.
Note 2: I generally avoid caffeine after a certain hour and usually only have gelato after dinner, so I may never try many of the coffee or chocolate flavours. Boo.
Note 3: I am cuckoo for coconut, so expect just a little bias. smile
Note 4: Blank comment means it tastes fairly standard (and that’s not a complaint).
Note 5: This post will be continually updated as I revisit the place. Oh, spoiler. I revisit the place.
Post Last Updated: 25 Jan 2016
Gelato Messina Standard Flavours (Gelato)
There is a plethora of standard gelato flavours available, and the first time I went there I just didn’t know where to begin. At Messina Miranda, the first and third display cabinets from the left are the standard gelato flavours that are available year-round.
Gelato Messina: Gelato (standard)
|Apple Pie||This flavour has my usual complaint of the apple pie crust crumbs being too large a lump, but it wasn’t soggy and that I appreciated. I love apple pies themselves but wasn’t particularly fond of this flavour.||25 Oct 2015|
|Banana Split||I liked the banana-ness on the first few tastes, but after a while, it seemed to have dissipated and I could only taste caramel, peanuts and chocolate.||25 Oct 2015|
|Bounty||Coconut milk gelato with desiccated coconut and choc chip. I thought this tasted too chocolatey and not coconutty enough, but I’ve never had Bounty the chocolate, so I wouldn’t know how it compares.||2 Dec 2015|
|Choc Mint||This flavour tastes like mint leaves. It leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste, which I much prefer than the sugary fake mint flavour of some other choc mint ice cream. Every time Richard orders this, the staff would ask if he’s tried it because it’s just different from the typical choc mint.||31 Jul 2015|
|star||Coconut Lychee||Loved the very Asian coconut and lychee flavour combination.||14 Aug 2015|
|Hazelnut||31 Jul 2015|
|Macadamia Crunch||Macadamia gelato with crunchy sweet white chocolate bits inside.||23 Aug 2015|
|Pannacotta w Fig Jam & Amaretti Biscuit||Had a big scoop of this and a big wad of super sweet sticky fig jam hit and overwhelm me. I wish this was more pannacotta than fig jam, but if super sweet stickiness is your thing, this flavour would be your thing.||31 Jul 2015|
|star||Pear & Rhubarb||Lovely fruity flavour!||14 Aug 2015|
|Salted Caramel and White Chocolate Chip||A bestseller according to the Messina website, and I can see why. It’s creamy, sweet and slightly salty. It’s the complete diet.||25 Jan 2016|
|Vanilla||2 Dec 2015|
|Yoghurt & Berry||Tastes more or less like its name. There’s meant to be both raspberries and blueberries in the coulee, but every time I’ve seen it there’s only red swirls in it.||19 Sep 2015|
Gelato Messina Standard Flavours (Sorbet)
Sorbet, also available year-round, are on the furthest right. I could favourite all the flavours in this section!
Gelato Messina: Sorbet (dairy free)
|Blood Orange||Quite sour, which I love. Excellent as a palate cleanser.||9 Oct 2015|
|Chocolate Sorbet||Taste dark chocolatey and not overly sweet, and not thick like an ice cream or gelato. A lighter chocolate option.||14 Aug 2015|
|Coffee and Hazelnut Praline||The sweet crunchy hazelnut praline goes very well in the coffee sorbet. There’s enough hazelnut taste in it.||23 Aug 2015|
|Lemon Sorbet||Super refreshing, palate-cleansing, tarty lemony goodness.||11 Sep 2015|
|Mandarin||25 Sep 2015|
|star||Pandan & Coconut||Pandan and coconut are always a reliable flavour combination.||31 Jul 2015|
|star||Passionfruit||Comes with all the crunchy passionfruit seeds. Enjoyed the tartness.||14 Aug 2015|
|Raspberry||19 Sep 2015|
|star||Salted Coconut & Mango||A bit of mango puree on a coconut base with just a hint of salt. Love this.||23 Aug 2015|
|Strawberry||25 Sep 2015|
Gelato Messina Special Flavours
Special flavours are on the left hand side of the second left section. There are always 5 special flavours available and every weekday, a new one displaces an old. Unlike their standard gelato and sorbet, the specials would often have a million things going on. My general comments about these million things going on are:
- Many are too cakey / doughy / obscure for my taste; I’ve learnt to avoid anything with “brownie”, “bread”, “biscuit”, “cookie”, “crumbs”, “cake”, “pie”, “doughnut” in the description. Yeeeaah. I don’t bother with a lot of the specials any more.
- Even on days where the “brownie”, “bread”, etc weren’t too cakey / doughy, they could sometimes be in too big a chunk that gets awkward to chew. They probably look better for promo pictures, though.
- Nuts in the gelato are not guaranteed to not be soggy.
- Anything with “praline” in it so far has been reliably crunchy.
- Taste test is a must before committing to the full scoop! But even then, your sample might not have grabbed that doughy crumb or soggy bit of nuts.
- There always seems to be one peanut butter flavour on the board?
And now, the ever growing Special flavours comment table!
Gelato Messina: Specials
|Rococo||Chocolate, honey and coconut gelato with crunchy, sticky nougat. I taste-tested this and thought I liked it, but the big scoop got more sickly sweet by the minute.||25 Jan 2016|
|Old Gregg||Baileys gelato with butterscotch sauce folded through. Taste test of Richard’s scoop and it’s very alcoholic!||1 Dec 2015|
|Pablo Pistachio||Light pistachio gelato smothered in white chocolate mousse and raspberry puree. I didn’t pick up a lot of the white chocolate taste (or my scoop just didn’t have a lot of the mousse in it), but I still liked the pistachio and raspberry flavour combination.|
|Pretz N’ Popped||Pretzel milk gelato with peanut popcorn praline. Ah, it’s the peanut popcorn praline, which I remember having in one of the old specials (Cracker Jack). Still crunchy, and I still liked the peanut flavour.|
|Big Cheese-Off||Pistachio & ricotta gelato, scented w/ orange blossom water & candied almonds folded through. The staff told me it’s quite cheesy; Richard thought it’s cheesy enough; I mostly tasted the pistachio. Occasionally the lovely orange blossom water came through as well. My only complaint is the candied whole almonds got quite soggy being embedded in the gelato.||9 Oct 2015|
|Cracker Jacks||Caramel peanut butter popcorn gelato with peanut popcorn praline. The praline was sweet and crunchy and the peanut tastes great with the popcorn. Enjoyed this.|
|star||Tongue Thai’d||Peanut and coconut gelato with cashew dacquoise and lime curd. Loved this! Very nice peanut taste. Richard’s comment on taste test of my scoop: “Taste like Thai!”||25 Sep 2015|
|Passionfruit Cheesecake||I got this as a full scoop after taking a taste test, but regretted my decision. I couldn’t taste any of the cheesecake but a watered down passionfruit gelato. The crunchy biscuit base chunks were so big they were distracting.||19 Sep 2015|
|star||Pina Coco-Lada||Bounty gelato with pineapple cake and mango puree. Love this one! It had more coconut than the super sweet Bounty gelato on its own, and the pineapple and mango taste went super well with it all. It was thankfully not as cakey as the Danny Two Times I had in the same cup.||11 Sep 2015|
|Danny Two Times||Yoghurt, orange and poppy seed gelato with orange cake. I loved this as the taste test and proceeded to get a scoop, but my scoop ended up being almost all orange cake, and barely the yoghurt, orange and poppy seed gelato I first tasted. Richard also had a full scoop, and both were so cakey they didn’t melt at all. Not a fan of this.|
|star||Burnt Caramel and Ginger||It wasn’t too sweet despite the burnt caramel name; love the ginger taste in this. Wish this was a base flavour available at other times! And this doesn’t even have coconut in it!||23 Aug 2015|
|VJ’s Coconut||Caramel coconut gelato with ginger lemongrass jam. Taste test only. Has more ginger lemongrass taste than coconut. I was very close to getting this as a proper scoop if I hadn’t felt like something more coconutty.||14 Aug 2015|
|Romanikerer||Peanut butter cheesecake gelato with peanut butter brownie. Very rich, to the point that I somewhat regret choosing to have a whole scoop of this.||31 Jul 2015|
|star||Standard flavour||Note to self: try this again|
|star||Special flavour||I wish they would redo the flavour in the future|
|all||I got fooled by the taste test! *shakes fist*|
TL;DR: Do I think Gelato Messina is all hype? Nope! Especially not if the staff at Miranda have been so consistently helpful and friendly, even when the place is super swamped on the weekends after a film. This is really bad for my waistline!
Gelato Messina Miranda
Westfield Miranda ground floor
600 Kingsway, Miranda NSW 2228, Australia
|Speciality / Cuisine||Gelato|
Scoops: $4.80 (1 scoop) / $6.80 (2 scoops) / $8.80 (3 scoops)
Tubs: $12.80 (0.5L) / $22.80 (1L) / $29 (1.5L)
|Other Notes||Cash only|
GELATO (# = yet to try)
Apple Pie (G)(E) – real apple gelato with our own house made apple pie throughout
Banana Split (N) – banana and caramel gelato with chocolate chips, crushed peanuts and whipped cream
Bounty – coconut milk gelato with desiccated coconut and choc chip
Choc Mint – real fresh mint gelato with chocolate chip
#Milk Chocolate with Choc Peanut Fudge (N) – milk chocolate gelato with chunks of choc peanut fudge
#Chocolate Fondant (N) – a rich decadent dark chocolate (contains nuts)
#Chocolate Chip – light cocoa gelato with chocolate chips
Coconut & Lychee – coconut milk gelato with lychee fruit
#Coffee – made with real espresso coffee (seriously)
#Dulce De Leche – an Argentinean caramel made by reducing milk until it becomes a sweet jam.
#White Choc Hazelnut (N) – white chocolate & hazelnut gelato with hazelnut praline
#Gianduia (N) – chocolate & hazelnut
Hazelnut (N) – made with fresh roasted hazelnuts from Cortemilia in Italy
Italian Nougat (N)(E) – honey based gelato with roasted nuts, egg whites and Italian nougat
Macadamia Crunch (N) (G) – caramelised white chocolate and macadamia gelato with macadamia crunch
Pear & Rhubarb – fresh pear gelato with our own poached spiced rhubarb
#Pistachio & Milk Chocolate (N) – pistachio and milk chocolate gelato with pistachio praline
#Poached Figs in Marsala (A)(E) – baby figs poached in Marsala (a fortified Italian cooking wine)
Salted Caramel and White Chocolate – salted caramel gelato with white chocolate chip (our biggest seller!)
#Tiramisu (G)(A)(E) – egg, marsala and mascarpone gelato with lady finger biscuits soaked in espresso coffee.
Vanilla (E) – made from fresh Jersey Milk
Pannacotta with Fig Jam and Amaretti Biscuit (G)(N)(E)(A-traces) – pannacotta gelato base.
Yoghurt & Berry – yoghurt gelato with poached raspberry and blueberry coulee
#Yoghurt & Caramel – yoghurt gelato with dulce de leche