I like to hang out in Sydney's inner and Eastern suburbs discovering the newest/best restaurants & cafes. Also enjoy getting to Melbourne occassionally to check out their dining scene. Good produce, great cooking and efficient service a must for any dining establishment.
Joined 04 October 2007 Surry Hills, NSW
The Sydney gelato institution has arrived in Melbourne (Fitzroy to be exact). I know Messina well after frequenting their Darlinghurst and Surry Hills locations. And yes, people queue there too.
The reason for its popularity is the flavours. My favourite is white chocolate and the vanilla. But also recommend the salted caramel (which is their most popular flavour). Can't go wrong with any of them.
Don't be put off by the queue. It moves quickly (and make sure you have cash, no credit cards).
Check out the menu here, posted as an image.
Oh, and they do make ice cream cakes too. Ideal for home.
Good food, disappointing service. We dined here for the first time recently and whilst the place was really buzzing it was let down by poor service. Upon arrival we were seated quickly but then left for a long time. When we did get served we decided to order the wine and food together to avoid a further wait. We shared the bunga bunga pizza (which I enjoyed but my partner didn't) and arancini balls (which I found very herby). The chips were hand made and crunchy. Again when we went to leave the service fell down. We waited and waited to get them to collect our credit card. A newly arrived table walked out in frustration at the service and no one noticed them leave. Perhaps it was an 'off' night, we may go back but they need to step it up a notch on the service front.
Have eaten here twice, first time we had takeaway, and whilst expensive very good. We then dined in recently and was a little disappointed. The service was ok, but somehow ended up with two different wine lists and wait staff couldn't tell us which was the right one. No big deal, but then the service continued to be a bit lax. I felt they were in a huge hurry to get us out as quickly as possible. The entrees were terrific, the mains less successful. There is no doubt there is some quality cooking going on here, but at the price I expected something more. We'll go back for the food and give them one more go.
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