Despite the very cold weather recently, Sir D must have his gelato fix so after dinner at Rise we walk a couple of blocks in search of Gelato Messina on Victoria Street. We are very glad to see the gas heaters outside the shop front and we are surprised to be joining quite a number of others eating and ordering gelato on this chilly night.
The menu ranges from gelato in a cup or cone, take-home tubs of gelato, gelato cakes, tiramisu, coffee and Callebaut hot chocolate! However tonight, we only have eyes for gelato.
Sir D decides to maximise flavour tasting opportunities by ordering 3 scoops in a cup, but we have serious difficulties in selecting three flavours from the mounds of gelato in front of us. We later overhear someone saying ,"but I want to have all of them!", which is exactly what we were thinking...
Some of the flavours that catch my eye include apple pie, pannacotta, blood orange and dulce de leche. I also notice that they have chocolate and hazelnut in both a sorbet and a gelato.
After much deliberation (and many questions from the people behind the counter as to whether we were ready to order), we finally decide on chocolate sorbet, apple pie and gianduia (hazelnut chocolate).
The flavour on the top is gianduia, with apple pie in the middle and the chocolate sorbet is hidden on the bottom of the pile. The gianduia is delicious and tastes almost exactly like Nutella - a good thing for people like me who enjoy guiltily consuming Nutella with a spoon straight from the jar. The apple pie contains small chunks of apple and is quite strong in cinnamon flavour. Sir D says it reminds him of Big Red chewing gum, although not quite as spicy. The chocolate sorbet has an interesting flavour, leaning more towards dark chocolate but still retaining some sweetness. It is less creamy than normal gelato and melts a bit quicker but apart from that tastes pretty much the same, although it would be interesting to compare the chocolate gelato and sorbet at the same time.
As we make our way back onto the chilly night, I look longingly at the gelato cakes in the freezer and make plans with Sir D to come back with more people so that we can try even more of the flavours. All in the name of research, of course.
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