Maple and pecan gelato on a tasty liege waffle covered in a whisky-caramel ‘gravy’
Very clever concept of a double diner collaboration with Porteno at the Sydney Festival 2015 at Hyde Park. Messina served two desserts that looked very savoury but were in fact desserts in disguise and next door, Porteno served the actual matching savoury item. For $10, this is a novelty play, all for show and not substance in terms of taste. The “skin” is soggy almost like a crepe that had been soaked overnight. The gelato inside was average on the Messica scale, oh the waffle was hard, nothing was made to order. Now I understand why, Messina had no queue.
STREET HAWKER $10
Lime & chocolate brownie, peanut gelato, coconut & caramel jam, fortune cookie clusters, peanut cookie
The following two desserts were at the 2014 Night Noodle Markets at Hyde Park. This is the only Messina purchase that I fully regret. The gelato was good, all of the extra bits did not add good flavour, overall those bits just made the dessert too sweet and heavy. Speaking of heavy, the cookie at the end was like a iron-submarine, impenetrable with a plastic fork. They should really have tried eating it as the customer would and they would have seen their mistake.
Could not finish the cookie, was too tough and eww.
HAPPY TASTE BUD TIME $10
Lychee sponge, mango puree, rambutan & coconut gelato, whipped salted coconut cream, coconut macaron
Compared to the Street Hawker, this was one that I enjoyed somewhat. Fresh flavours from the fruit and better thought-out. The best one of this review.
FESTIVAL OF CHOCOLATE
Messina were at the Festival of Chocolate at the The Rocks. Unlike their other events they offered just classic gelato 1 or 2 scoops at $5/$7. Tried four flavours that day:
- White choc and hazelnut
- Choc Tiramisu
- Willie’s Cacao: 100% Venezuelan Rio Caribe Cacao
- Milk of Gods: Chocolate gelato with choc fudge and chocolate brownie.
All their flavours tasted great! Even if they all were chocolate inspired, they did not taste the same. My favourite one on the day was the Milk of Gods. The most disappointing thing was that the gelato was not cold enough, the photo shows how it was served, melting and within a minute most of it turned liquid despite it being just 22 degrees on the day.
Would I go again?
Skipping Messina events for now.