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.
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.
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.
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.