If it’s ice cream you’re after, put two places on the radar in Sydney – Pompei’s in Bondi and Messina in Darlinghurst/Pyrmont – forget the rest.
Both have their roots in Italy. Pompei’s is handy for beach beauties, with a new kiosk section allowing ice cream hunters to swipe the goods and keep rolling with skateboard/surfboard/shopping bags. Known for their organic and fresh ingredients, the ‘organic cream and caramel’ or ‘milk chocolate’ (40% milk chocolate) ice creams are sublime. The sorbets (milk free) are also sensational – the menu changes seasonally and the ripe fruit is so tangible – you can’t miss the zing of real apple in the ‘green apple sorbet’, or the pieces of peach in the ‘white peach sorbet’.
The Messina shop is tiny for the constant charge of punters it attracts. Imaginative specials keep connoisseurs returning – offering now are ‘Mr Potato Head’, (peanut butter, gelato with potato chips dipped in white chocolate), ‘Prune and Cognac’ and ‘Muummamm.com’, (coconut custard sorbet with banana jam and fried bits). The ice cream is beautifully balanced on trays in giant ‘scoops’ – always check which are gluten free, though the majority are. Cones are obviously off the menu for gluten free types.
The Messina ‘lab’ is next door and cakes are sold there too – I’ll cover it in another post, but will tell you lucky people now that there are several gluten free cake options and they are works of art. Darlinghurst is great for colourful night time action, whether you’re there for daytime dalliance, dinner or dancing, do not go past this place – it’s the work of genius.
Shop 1/241 Victoria St,
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
(there’s also a branch at Star Casino)
126-130 Roscoe Street