Top 5 Gelato Spots in MelbournePosted by: Scott Ko
1. Gelato Messina
Voted best gelato in Australia by the Good Food Guide for its award winning scoops, it is no surprise that the arrival of Gelato Messina in Melbourne sent ice cream connoisseurs into excitement overdrive. Gelato Messina can do no wrong, every flavour is sublime, with interesting textures and twists on the traditional staples as well as their own concoctions. Scroll through their Facebook page for a sample of their innovative flavours. Pavlova with chunks of baked meringue, raspberry coulis and passionfruit puree anyone?
2. Gelateria Primavera
Situated alongside ‘The City Wine Shop’, lies artisan gelato shop Gelateria Primavera. Italian influenced flavours using gourmet ingredients such as cardamon, spiced figs, and chilli salted caramel are stars of the show. The mark of a true gelato purist, the gelato is hidden away in metal wells that retain flavour through minimising oxidation through light and air. Instead of giant mounds of gelato commonly seen in gelato stores, the use of these Pozetti wells are a mark of true quality in Italy. Guess you learn something new everyday.
3. N2 Extreme Gelato
Eating is a multi-sensory experience. Popularising liquid nitrogen as an instantaneous ice cream creator, N2 has commercialised the idea into a modern science inspired Gelateria. Science geeks, kiddies and spectacle lovers can watch in awe as liquid nitrogen instantaneously turns liquid into gelato goodness.
Creme brulee is the most popular flavour, where sugar is caramelised through blow-torching in a replicate of the traditional dessert. The velvety smoothness of the gelato is one of the many benefits of using liquid nitrogen. The immediate freeze minimises the formation of ice crystals that is usually created when using the traditional freezing method. Flavours can be a ‘hit-and miss’. Quantities are also generous, so share with a friend if your easily sugar overloaded.
4. Helados Juaja
Lesser known Helados Juaja is inspired by Argentinian and Latin American flavours. Dulce de Leche, sweet goat’s cheese and salted caramel are popular flavour selections. Asian enthusiasts may also revel in durian and soursop flavours all hand-made with affection. Helados is a sweet highlight in the culinary nightmare that is Lygon st.
5. Jock’s Ice Cream
Albert Park favourite – Jock’s Ice Cream has been creating interesting flavour combinations for the past decade. Mamasita in the CBD even stocks their sweetcorn variety which I tasted on their dessert menu. Obamarama (peanut butter and jelly) and Hokey Pokey ( vanilla honeycomb toffee) are the most popular flavours amongst customers.
Notable mentions: Il Dolce Freddo (Carlton), Ben & Jerry’s (Various locations)