Messina Dessert Bar
By now it’s likely you’ll have eaten enough Messina gelato (or just gazed, salivating, at the ever-changing flavours on their Facebook page) to gain enough understanding of how the combinations work to start dreaming of your own. If this sounds familiar, then take a deep breath, your daydreaming has not been for nothing. Messina have a Dessert Bar, where you can make your own soft serve gelato sundae.
If you’re a person who’s always been secretly disappointed that putting gelato on your pastry is not socially acceptable, then take another deep breath. You can of course choose a plain waffle or flavoured cone or a cup, Messina Dessert Bar also lets you start your soft serve journey with a “carb.” This could be in the form of a doughnut, a crepe or other pastry (currently a hollowed-out profiterole). Next is soft-serve gelato. Finally, chose from over 20 toppings, including foams, gels, fudges and biscuits, as well as a popcorn and fairy floss machine.
If you’re in a mild panic over what to choose, there are flavour suggestions in store to guide you, such as Honey I Burnt The Kids (with burnt vanilla gelato, burnt honey mousse, smoked butter popcorn and smoked chocolate fudge). “Nick [Palumbo, founder] likes to choose everything himself, whereas I like to be led into flavour combinations that I know are tried and tested,” says Lee.
Messina’s own French pastry chef, Julia Canu will be in store offering advice, just in case you need to make sure it’s okay to put gelato on a doughnut.