Since Messina’s recent opening in Parramatta, I’ve been going there on a weekly basis (and getting 3 scoops every time). It was only a few days ago where I had vowed to take a break from Messina as it was really killing my attempt at getting a bangin’ bikini bod. Nek minnit they open up a DIY soft serve bar and I’m hooked again! They sure know how to make money and reel you in..
The dessert bar is located right next to the regular Messina in Darlinghurst and have replaced the creative department that use to have the small cakes there.
A very simple concept similar to froyo, you choose your base: cup, cone, crepe, donut or choux pastry. Then you choose from two soft serve flavors, this week’s flavors were burnt vanilla and fanta. There are a variety of toppings/sauces to choose from (80cents each) and they make it right there in front of you!.
I chose to design my own of course ;) I originally wanted a donut or choux pastry but they were sold out so i settled for a crepe instead. I picked burnt vanilla gelato and crunchy coconut cookies with a hot fudge chocolate sauce.
The crepe was soft & thin and had a slightly chewy texture with a pretty heavy egg-y taste. Burnt vanilla gelato tasted exactly like normal vanilla to me, the coconut biscuits were heavenly and the chocolate sauce was a great finishing touch.
My mates opted for the the fanta soft serve and fanta/vanilla swirl, i do recommend that rather than just plain vanilla by itself which is quite boring. Also, red-skin custard and mandarin gel is a must-try!!
All regular Messina stores have a constant never-ending queue, so no surprises here when the line was half down the street! All desserts are made to order and they only have about 3 staff at the counter so service is quite slow but definitely worth the wait!
If you really want the donut or choux pastry, you really need to get in early to avoid disappointment. The lady was telling me how quick they sell out of the donuts as it’s their most popular item.
Apparently they’re gonna change the menu/flavors later this week, so if you’re super keen on trying fanta, go there soon!