Gelato Messina, Parramatta & Surry Hills

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I’m more com­fort­able spend­ing my time off in west­ern Sydney, so a branch of Gelato Messina in the heart of Parramatta could only be a good thing! Like it’s inner city branches, its busy well into the night.

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The salted coconut and mango salsa sorbet beckons($4.80 for 1 scoop). It’s a salted coconut gelato with rib­bons of mango through­out. And it was deli­cious — it’s hard to go wrong when you pair salty and sweet. I’ve read that eat­ing a sweet snack makes you crave a salty snack imme­di­ately after, and vice versa, so eat­ing both sweet and salty at once must break the cycle some­what! Coconut fla­vours are also some­thing that’s grown on me. And this one here is nicely bal­anced — it’s not par­tic­u­larly bold, but it’s there with a hint of salt that goes so well with the sweet mango ribbons.

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For all the incon­veni­ence of the inner city branches, I did man­age to vis­it the Surry Hills branch a couple of months later after return­ing from a meet­ing in the east­ern suburbs.

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Being very much a creature of habit, I go again for the salted coconut and mango salsa sorbet (my favour­ite!), but add a second scoop of man­dar­in sorbet ($6.80). The man­dar­in sorbet is subtly zesty and sweet in the deli­cious way that dis­tin­guishes it from the more bold fla­vours of orange.

I’ve found that the fruity fla­vours tend to be more prom­ising at Gelato Messina, although I’m con­sist­ently dis­ap­poin­ted by the lack of lychee fla­vour in their coconut & lychee sorbet. That said, I’m keen to retry their apple pie gelato. The first time, I found the cin­na­mon fla­vours over­whelm­ing, but the descrip­tion for it is irres­ist­ibly tempt­ing: ‘real apple gelato with our own house made apple pie through­out’. I’m sure I’ll be back some time.

Gelato Messina is loc­ated at 279 Church St, Parramatta NSW 2150 & 389 Crown Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010.