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PB, Nutella & Jam Brioche – Devon Cafe Sydney

August is a busy month for us :) I just got back from Hong Kong, but last weekend Mr Bao and I jetted off to Sydney for a weekend getaway. We were in and out of Sydney within 40 hours but it was jam packed and we still managed to hit up quite a few place and meet up with many people ~

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We planned the getaway for our anniversary and for us to just spend sometime together, because Hong Kong is always hectic visiting family and friends. I was really surprised when I arrived at the hotel room and found a beautiful bouquet of flowers waiting for me! A trip to Sydney is already a special treat so I didn’t expect anything else. Mr Bao was very thoughtful and got me gerbera as they resembled sunflowers which is what I like the most. It was also surrounded roses and all sorts of pretty flowers! Definitely made my day :D

Shameless Selfie :P

Shameless Selfie :P

Anyhow, like all our other trips we visited so many places, once again my backlog is exploding, but I will try and share with you some of our experiences. First place I wanted to introduce you to will be Devon Cafe in Surrey Hills.

Devon Cafe

Devon Cafe

It was surprisingly close to our hotel and we were able to walk over there within 5 minutes, it on a side of Surrey Hills that I haven’t been before, closer to Central Station and located on Devonshire St is is Devon Cafe. They’re relatively new, been open for 3 months but quickly become the new ‘MUST-GO’ cafe ~

Devon Cafe

We arrived bright and early on a Sunday to avoid the crowd, and sat at the large communal table in front of the coffee machines. Looking at the menu, it reminded me very much of cafes in Melbourne, where they serve interesting dishes. We ended up having a chat with the owner and he reveals that one of their chef is indeed from Melbourne which makes a lot of sense :)

Mocha $3.5

Mocha $3.5

My usual mocha was everything but ordinary, it was amazing. Had the great balance between coffee and chocolate, where neither overpowered each other, instead co-existed very well. I think my perception of ‘Sydney has no good coffee’ has definitely changed!

Double Ristetto Latte $3.5

Double Ristetto Latte $3.5

Mr Bao has now learned in Sydney, if you want a ‘Magic’ you will order a ‘Double Ristretto Latte’ which is essentially the same thing ~ He was immediately impressed with the house blend from…. he also had a good chat with the barista and discussed how ‘full-bodied’ it was and also had notes of ‘grapes’.

Two chicks in Basque $14

Two chicks in Basque $14

The menu is small but sufficient, I ordered the ‘Two Chicks in Basque’ lol such a cute name and very Spanish to me :P It was baked eggs with, piperade (stew of bell peppers), pistou (sauce made from garlic, fresh basil and olive oil) and also had goat cheese on top. It was a very hearty dish and probably more suitable for the cold weather in Melbourne, as opposed to the warm sunny weather Sydney had. I really liked the spice and flavour from the piperade and pistou, went very well with the toasted sourdough. The eggs was also perfectly cooked, and the soft texture reminded me of 63 degree eggs. However, I didn’t quite like the goats cheese on top, as it was quite gamey for me but Mr Bao liked it.

Breakie with Sakuma's $23

Breakie with Sakuma’s $23

Mr Bao chose something from the specials menu that day, it was the ‘Breakie with Sakuma’, miso grilled kind fish salmon fillet with smoked egg croquette, 63 degree egg and kewpie mayonnaise. It has everything Mr Bao likes, and definitely enjoyed all the components, the grilled salmon was cooked perfectly with a ‘oily’ texture, but wasn’t too rich. But our favourite was the smoked egg croquette made with rice, and then deep fried so much flavour and went so well with the creamy Kewpie mayonnaise. Mr Bao’s not a fan of 63 degree eggs but I sure am! Love the texture of them :D

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To help with digestion, Mr Bao ordered a Chemex which is a paper filtered coffee, it’s always nice to visit a cafe where the staff are so friendly and willing to spend the time to explain the coffees.

Chemex $4 Single Origin from Ethiopia

Chemex $4 Single Origin from Ethiopia

It was a single origin from Ethiopia, very strong bodied and earthy as I overheard Mr Bao and the Barista chatting hahaha I’m still scratching my head what it means, but it smelt so good!

Little Lost Bread $16

Little Lost Bread $16

I already had my eyes on this dessert as soon as I saw the menu, its got a cute name ‘Little Lost Bread’ I’m not sure what it stands for, but this dessert has my name all over it! A brioche french toasted topped with a grilled banana, huge dollop of nutella, jam and most importantly peanut-butter ice-cream! Could you imagine the goofy smile on my face! It tasted even better, everything went so well with each other and was simply divine. Highly recommend this to all PB-lovers, Nutella-lovers or any dessert-lovers like me :D

Mr Bao and I always like visiting Sydney, we love the vibe of the city and being able to catch up with friends. Just wished we were able to spend more time and not just a short weekend trip, I’m going to have to start scheming and watch out for cheap tickets :) And yes will revisit Devon Cafe because I want more of that brioche toast!

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Ps. Thank you everyone for the sweet anniversary comments, we’re grateful that we’ve been able to go through some of the tough times and now looking forward to the future has planned for us xox

Snow Egg – Quay, Sydney

This blog is my baby :) I am responsible for everything, the writing, the photos and most importantly the eating :P And very rarely will Mr Bao help me…except for the eating part hahaha he’ll occasionally help me take photos but will never participate in the writing or very little photo editing. That’s why I was really surprised when he kept asking me to post about our experience at ‘Quay‘, usually he doesn’t even know what I’ve posted and I need to remind him to read my blog! How sad is that?!?

But nonetheless, he kept asking…”When are you going to write about Quay? Don’t worry about the other posts, do Quay first!”, and when I asked him why, he simply replied, “Because its THE best restaurant we have gone to and the SNOW EGG!” LOL Anyhow, I have been meaning to write our experience at Quay for a couple of weeks now, but have been very busy :(  Also writing restaurant posts especially ones with such complicated dishes takes even more time >_<

Mr Bao very happy~

Even before our Little Aussie Trip, I had put Quay on the top of my ‘Must-go’ lists. But I admit, I didn’t know much about Quay before Masterchef and the episode about the Snow Egg. But since then, I have been mesmerized by it! That’s why it was the perfect excuse to go and it was going to be part of Mr Bao’s birthday present, even though it’s a couple of months late :P

I have heard that getting a table at Quay is quite difficult especially for dinner, unless you book 6 months in advance. So I had my mind set to have lunch there instead, it’ll also make it easier to take photos :) I called up probably two weeks before we were going to go to Sydney and made a reservation, thank gosh…I had no troubles getting a table on the time and day I wanted ~

It was going to be a date, so Little Luk (Mr Bao’s cousin) who was traveling with us wasn’t coming (I did invite him :P) , we had breakfast with him at the Rocks before walking to Quay. Mr Bao was very excited about going to Quay, he even worehis favourite suit jacket and ‘suited-up’ for this event, upon walking in, we were immediately greeted by the friendly staff behind the counter.

They immediately showed us to our table, with one of the best views of Darling Harbor! It was such a beautiful day ~ the res. I already had a look at the menu online and decided we were going to get the 4 course lunch menu  instead, of the tasting menu.

Lunch Menu 4 Course $145AUD or Tasting Menu 8 Course $220AUD

And don’t laugh…but the only reason for that was because, the tasting menu only came with Snow Egg for the dessert but I really wanted to try the 8 texture chocolate cake as well :)

Complimentary entree, Sashimi, almond medey with grapefruit

We both made our choices, ensuring we don’t get the same dishes. The first thing to arrive at our table was a complimentary entree, in a little glass which was a sashimi almond medly with grapefruit. Flavours were quite refreshing especially with the tartness from the grapefruit ~

Bread selection

The lovely waiter then offered us a selection of sourdough bread, white, mixed seed and polenta and malt. The bread was freshly baked with a nice crust and soft mellowly center, we just thought it could have been slightly more sour as it was intended to be sourdough :)

Fragrant poached chicken, shaved sea scallops, Chinese artichokes, silk noodles, smoked white eggplant cream, Korean Virgin Black sesame oil

First up, my entree which was a poached chicken with scallop and smoked white eggplant cream.  We thought it had bit of an Asian twist with the use of Chinese artichokes and Korean virgin black sesame oil. I really liked the strong sesame taste and the tenderness of the scallop, I didn’t think a dish with chicken and scallops and was impressed that they complimented each other quite well. The smoked white egg plant was also lovely with a creamy texture and even though I’ve never tried white eggplant, we found the natural flavours of the eggplant was less prominent.

Sashimi of Corner Inlet rock flathead, Tasmanian trumpeter, salt cured wild oyster cream, black lipped abolone, raw sea cabbage, nasturtiums, warrigals

Mr Bao loves his Japanese food, so got the Sashimi for his entree. This was not the conventional sashimi that he is use to, this entree had more elements with the flatheat, oyster cream and abalone which were things neither of us have had before and used the radish to give it a different type of taste and more crunch in terms of texture.

Smoked and confit pig cheek, shiitake, scallop, Jerusalem artichoke leaves, juniper, bay

We have been very lucky and had actually tried this dish the week before we came to Quay, as we won tickets from Agnes’s blog for  Peter Gilmore’s masterclass event will post about that very soon :) Because we previously tried this dish, we were already familiar with the flavours, but for this dish, pig cheek was used, while the one Peter made for us used pork jowl. We found the pork cheek to have a slightly firmer texture than the pork jowl but was still nonetheless succulent. I absolutely adore this dish :) There are also scallops and when eaten with the pork cheek, we thought it gave it a sweet flavour ~ I don’t think neither of us have had artichokes before and even if we have, it was definitely not fried and made so crispy :D

Gentle braise prawns, octopus, strawberry clams, heirloom radishes, baby squid, sea urchin

Once again we were very lucky and had sampled this dish before, and loved it the first time and this time we found it to be even better as the flavours of the seafood was more pronounce.

Close up ~

I call it a seafood medley because that’s what it felt like ~ the seafood went so well with each other it was like singing a song in my mouth hahaha And I can’t tell you how delicious the broth was definitely the most amazing one I have ever had ~

Milk fed lamb slow braised in cumin scented butter, globe artichoke and white lentil leaves, parsnip cream, pea blossoms

Mr Bao got the milk fed lamb for his main. I don’t usually eat lamb so was reluctant to try, but eventually gave in and it was so good! It wasn’t gamey at all nor did it have that lamb taste and we both agreed we could actually taste the milk flavour from the meat :) It was quite fascinating as I have never enjoyed lamb but really liked this. I probably would have thought it was veal if I didn’t now any better ~ Mr Bao also liked the crunch he got from the globe artichokes and also the creamy and slight sweetness from the parsnip cream.

Berkshire pork jowl, maltose crackling, prunes, cauliflower cream, perfumed with prune kernel oil

I chose the Berkshire pork jowl knowing it was Quays signature dish, and was immediately amused by the maltose crackling :) I remembered Peter Gilmore saying that because the pork jowl has such a large fat content, it is virtually impossible to create a crackling. Therefore, he created a ‘mock’ cracking using ‘maltose’ which is malt sugar and caramelize it and as it cools, it hardens to become the ‘crackling’. I LOVED IT! It was super sweet which counteracted with the salty pork jowl so well and even though I could see all the fat, I didn’t care! The fat would just melt in your mouth :) I also liked the prunes which were also quite sweet and the cauliflower cream, I’ve tried making cauliflower puree at home before, but it’s never this smooth! Mr Bao didn’t enjoy this dish as much as he found it a bit too sweet pfft whatever :P it was perfect for me !

Complimentary salad with vinaigrett

PHEW! I finally got through all the savoury dishes :) They were all quite complicated and hard to describe. *Drum Rolls* please! Moving onto DESSERTS :)

Quay’s Eight texture chocolate cake

We started off with the Eight texture chocolate cake, which is now very well known to most Australians because of Masterchef hehe ~ but for those who have not heard or seen this cake before, it’s basically a chocolate cake with 8 different textures. It has a cake base, chocolate and hazelnut dacquise, chocolate cream, chocolate mousse, milk chocolate praline disks, caramel chocolate ganache and a dark chocolate disk for the top.

It’s so warm and comforting seeing the melted chocolate ooze out!

But what’s so magical about this chocolate cake is that, after being assembled, a bit in the middle is scooped out and the dark chocolate disk is placed on top, the waiter will then come over with some hot chocolate sauce which will melt through and cause a mini chocolate volcano! It’s truly AMAZING! As for the texture and flavours, couldn’t get any better, this is every chocolate lovers dream come true. It’s so rich and indulgent full of chocolate and it’s slightly warm too so very comforting. Mr Bao said that he would have trouble finishing the cake by himself because it was a bit too rich for him, but nope not for me, I swear I could eat another one all by myself!

Jackfruit Snow Egg

Now to the showstopper – the one and only snow egg. The flavour of the snow egg changes depending on what is in season and for us it was a jackfruit, which we found it to be quite unique as we haven’t had jackfruit before. Once again because of Masterchef, the snow egg has received so much attention and many customers will go to Quay just to try this dessert, and it did not disappoint.

It is a very complicated dessert ~ it starts off with a granita base, then the snow egg replicates a real egg with an ice-cream center as the ‘yolk’ with the maltose tuilles to create a crunchy egg shell along with a poached meringue. It was by far one of the exquisite desserts we have had, and we both LOVED it! I have never seen Mr Bao be so excited and fascinated by a a dessert :) He really liked the texture of the snow egg itself and the flavours just blew his mind away. The jackfruit had a light and refreshing taste it really cleaned our palates and we forgot that we just had the 8 texture chocolate cake only seconds ago :) Mr Bao couldn’t stop eating it and in between eating he mumbled “This is the best dessert I’ve had in my life!”.

I had to send him multiple death stares and threaten him nicely to get the snow egg out of his hands. Within seconds the snow egg was gone and nothing was left in the elegant glass >_< He then turned around and said to me “Why can’t you make desserts like that?” ROAR I was furious hahaha I simply said “because I’m not Peter Gilmore!”

Petite Fours

This wasn’t the end of the meal, we added $10 to our meals to get coffee, tea and petite fours which were two truffles a chocolate truffle with crunchy chocolate pearls and the other was a salted caramel truffle rolled in sugar with a hazelnut ganache inside. Mr Bao was pretty chocolate out and couldn’t finish the truffles so I had 3 outta the 4 we got :P they were scrumptious and I have decided to borrow the crunchy chocolate pearl idea next time I make truffles at home :)

Latte

Mr Bao was getting a massive food coma after all that food, so ordered a latte which helped him regain consciousness. While I got an English Breakfast Tea which was comforting and exactly what I needed after this extraordinary lunch :)

English Breakfast Tea

Our verdict – we loved it :) And it was definitely one of the most delicious meal we have had…everything was perfect, the weather, the food, the atmosphere and most importantly the snow eggs ~ We highly recommend you trying Quay next time you are in Sydney, especially for a special occasion. We’re sure you’ll enjoy it as much as we did :)

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Panna Cotta Lamington – Flour and Stone

I planned our Little Aussie trip very well, and made sure I had a list of places that I had to visit and tried to tick them all off ~  I would also like to say thank you to all Sydney Instagrammers who left a comment giving me recommendations and suggestions of where to go ~ THANK YOU!

Flour and Stone

I was going through my photos and I had so many places I wanted to blog about…but nothing could have stopped me from blogging about Flour and Stone first. It has got to be one of the most praised and blogged about bakery in Sydney and I have to agree with everyone else it is FANTASTIC!

I previously emailed Charlie from Hotly Spiced and asked if she would like to meet up and she said yes ~ YAY! Our plane arrived at 10:30am, we immediately rushed to the hotel, dropped off our luggage and jumped into a cab. It’s actually quite easy to walk/drive past Flour and Stone on the quiet Riley St. As I was about to head in, someone called out “Daisy?” I turned around and there was Charlie :) I immediately recognised her from the photos on her blog ~

I was quite surprised that Flour and Stone was such a small cafe, no wonder they wouldn’t take bookings, but very kindly reserved a table for us, because Charlie had called them that morning. We got the nice table in the middle, I couldn’t take my eyes off the glass cabinet with all the cakes, tarts, pastries and most important the FAMOUS Panna Cottta Lamington!
But I was trying to be good and balance my diet with both savoury and sweets :P

Chicken, leek and targon pie $7 AUD

The menu was written on a large piece of butcher’s paper and placed on the wall, it had a small selection of sandwiches and pies, along with coffee and tea options. Being quite hungry, we promptly made our choices.  Charlie got the chicken, leek and tarragon pie, and even though I didn’t try it, she seemed to really enjoy it commenting it had a “lovely tarragon flavour”.

Poached Chicken, corn, avocado and lettuce with chilli mayo sandwich $10AUD

Mr Bao opted for the lighter option, Poached Chicken sandwich with corn, avocado, letter and chilli mayonnaise. We were both so impressed with how fresh and delicious this sandwich was ~ this is the perfect example of simple things done very well! The bread was toasted and had a lovely crunch, along with the poached chicken which was still tender and the chilli mayo was slightly spicy but not too hot. One word YUM!

Wagyu beef, mature cheddar and tomato relish sandwich $10 AUD

I actually wanted something quite salty and filling so, so I got the Wagyu beef sandwich with mature cheddar and tomato relish. Once again I was very impressed with the bread ~ It was so delicious! I’m not sure if they make it in house, but it was just so fresh! The wagyu beef reminded me of roasted beef with more flavour and it went very well with the mature cheddar cheese. I enjoyed it so much Mr Bao couldn’t even sneak a bite :P

Come to meeeeee :)

Now to cakes and sweet :) I really hope I didn’t scare Charlie, because I went all out…and ordered 5 things for the 3 of us lol

Panna Cotta Lamington $6.50 AUD

Please allow me to use caps locks :P THIS IS THE MOST FREAKING AMAZING LAMINGTON I HAVE EVER HAD! I’ve never liked lamingtons they’re dry, crumble with very little flavour and not enough coconut…but this was super moist, with a lovely chocolate coating, sweet raspberry  jam and heaps of coconut!

I can eat one now :)

This is SERIOUSLY the BEST can I repeat that? THE BEST LAMINGTON! Okay sorry, I’ll stop :P

Purple carrot cake $5.50AUD

Then the purple carrot cake :) I’ve never had a carrot cake made out of purple carrots before, you couldn’t really tell…it was light and moist with a small dollop of cream cheese frosting. I thought the cake could have been sweeter :P but Mr Bao said it was fine as it lol

Donut with jam and custard $4.50AUD

Charlie chose the donut filled with jam and custard, the donut had such a great texture, fluffy, bouncy and not at all dry like some donuts I’ve had :) It also had the perfect amount of jam and custard.

Salted Caramel Tart $5.5AUD

Have I told you I love Salted caramel? Couldn’t go pass a lovely looking salted caramel tart ~ we really liked the tart case and found the filling not that sweet, but Mr Bao and Charlie thought it could have been a little more ‘salted’ hehe

Rainbow Ginger Bread $3AUD

I remember seeing these pretty Ginger Bread cookies on Lorraine (Not Quite Nigella) blog and have been waiting to try these ~ they were too pretty to eat hehe. Once again I’m not a fan of gingerbread but Flour and Stone did a great job! They were still moist with a strong but not overpowering ginger taste ~

Mocha $3.5AUD

Flatwhite $3.5AUD

Mr Bao and I also got drinks, he got the flat white and I got my signature mocha. We both enjoyed our coffees and even though I usually like my coffees stronger, the light flavours went really well with all the cakes we had hehe ~

Charlie and Me ~

That concludes our first visit to Flour and Stone with Charlie :) It was the loveliest way to start our Little Aussie trip ~ Charlie is just like her blog, charming, funny and honest! I really enjoyed meeting up and hope I’ll see her again soon!

Back again!

Now you didn’t expect me to just leave Sydney like that did you? :D I couldn’t! Even though I was only in Sydney for 2.5 days, lol I managed to go back on the 3rd day before we went to Brisbane ~

This time I only went with Mr Bao and got more cakes!  I was very lucky and had got in touch with Nadine Ingram the owner and creator of Flour and Stone through Instagram thanks to Dex (Kewpielovesyou). She came out and greeted us and said she was impressed with my appetite and sweet tooth ~

More panna cotta :)

I basically came back just for this panna cotta lamington, Nadine told me she was inspired by another chef who use to do a similar version, but with a jelly filling instead of jam filling :) I would DIE for the recipe but I know lol it wont be shared so easily so in the mean time, I am happy to fly up to Sydney every so often just for this! Thanh (I Eat Therefore I am) even asked me to bring him back a few and I would if I wasn’t going to Brisbane :(

Rhubarb and ricotta tart $5.50 AUD

There was so much to choose from, but I took the advice from Nadine and the lovely lady behind the counter and tried the rhubarb and ricotta tart. It was fresh out of the oven and was still warm when we had it ~ I was really surprised that it had a sweet yet savoury taste, probably because of the ricotta. Mr Bao really enjoyed it because it wasn’t very sweet, while I just loved how warm and soft it was :)

Old fashioned Vanilla cake with cream and raspberry jam $5.50AUD

Nadine said that this was one of their best sellers apart from the panna cotta lamington and that they don’t make it every day. The vanilla cake was spongy, super moist with strong vanilla flavours. Definitely one of the best Vanilla cakes I’ve had for a very logn time!

After Mint tea for two $6AUD

We washed all the cakes and tarts down with this lovely After Mint tea :) I have this new thing for good peppermint tea that is strong but not so much that it tastes like chewing gum hahaha and this definitely quenched our thirst.

I honestly do not know how Nadine and her team do it…they have totally changed my perception of everything I don’t usually like to something so heavingly to eat! I HIGHLY recommend anyone going to Sydney to have to pay Flour and Stone a visit :) I am already planning my next trip back to Sydney just so I can come back ~

PS. Even though I wasn’t able to bring Thanh or anyone else the panna cotta lamington, I was able to bring back the hazelnut torte and everyone seemed to like it :)

Hazelnut Torte $16AUD

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Ice-cream Tour – Messina, N2 & Royal Copenhagen + Little Aussie Trip

Hello everyone :) I’m back!!! Did you miss me? I managed to write a couple of posts before I left, so I hope you’ve enjoyed them while I was gone hehe ~ I wanted to blog as soon as I got back, but unfortunately… I got very sick with food poisoning… and that has got to be the worse for foodies like myself… Anyhow, before you get too excited I’m actually leaving again :P Because this weekend, I’m going to the Eat Drink Blog in Adelaide where I will get the chance to meet the other amazing food bloggers around Australia YAY!

Just wanted to share a few photos from our little Aussie trip ~ would you be interested in reading about some of my traveling adventures too? Or would you like me to stick to talking about food? :) our itinerary was Melbourne -> Sydney -> Brisbane then drive to Gold Coast :) We managed 3 cities in 5 days! I’m pretty impressed with our planning hehe. I know it may seem like a mad rush to most people, but we found it to be quite relaxing and I’m not one to spend 3 hours in on place :P

We actually traveled with Mr Bao’s cousin Little Luk but he was by no means the 3rd wheel because he’s the friend who introduced Mr Bao to me and I was friends with him before we went out :)

We were very lucky the weather in all 3 cities was beautiful! Couldn’t ask for better weather, it was sunny but not too hot with a light breeze :) Being a foodie I dragged Mr Bao and Little Luk all over the place just for good food, we went to so many cafes/restaurants and took over 2500 photos! So my loveliest Readers please bare with me as I go through the photos and pick out the best ones so I can blog about it ~

Today, I’ve got a relatively short review of the ice-cream/gelato places I went to during this trip :) starting with the famously delicious Gelato Messina in Sydney ~ I’m sure all Readers from Sydney or have visited will know about Messina ~ They have been open since 2002 and have since been churning out the most delicious Gelato in Sydney or even Austalia :D

Messina has 3 retail stores one in Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and The Star Casino…and unintentionally and intentionally I went to all 3 stores :P but only got gelalo from 2 as the Darlinghurst one wasn’t open when we walked past :( I was so so so upset…because that was the only store that sold the mini gelato cakes especially that little mushroom gelato cake everyone keeps telling me about ~ Oh wells next time!

We walked into the Surry Hills store and I was confronted with so many gelato and sorbet flavours, I seriously did not know what to order! I was so tempted to get the Misto Plate which is 5 scoops of gelato, but Mr Bao stopped me because we had already had so much food before hand and were going to get even more food afterwards…sooooo being good, I only got 2 scoops.

Pistachio and Milk Chocolate with peanut butter $5AUD 2 scoops

Pistachio gelato is like the benchmark for me, if they do this well it usually means their gelato is yummy ~ and Messina did a fantastic job with their pistachio :) It had a genuinely strong pistachio flavour and nothing like that fake flavouring some places use. I particularly liked the texture of the gelato too it was creamy and smooth but not too rich or milky.

Moving on to Mr Bao’s milk chocolate with peanut butter, it had the same delicious texture but this time it was a lovely sweet milk chocolate gelato laced with peanut butter. Now I’m not a PB fan…so this wasn’t my favourite flavour ~ but I know all my PB loving friends and Readers will LOVE THIS!

Dulce De Leche and Hazelnut $5.5AUD 2 scoops

I didn’t know Little Luk loved ice-cream so much, he doesn’t really seem to have a sweet tooth, but he has a soft spot for ice-cream. Just before we went Sydney we visited The Star Casino, and hence went to the Messina there ~ I noticed that ice-cream there was slightly more expensive. I was tossing between the dulce de leche or the ‘Rethink Banoffee Pie’ which was caramel gelato with banana jam.

I eventually chose the dulce de leche and so glad I did ~ it didn’t have that burnt caramel taste, instead it was the sweet milk caramel taste :) while the hazelnut was definitely Little Luk’s favourite, he said I quote “I’m in heaven!” lol he loved the hazelnut flavour and creamy texture of the gelato.

And yes we are crazy because on the same day we had Messina lol we also went to N2 Extreme Gelato in Chinatown. I’ve seen so many bloggers review N2 and I had been intrigued of the idea of making ice-cream with liquid nitrogen and instead of the traditional method of churning.

The only other time I had heard of using liquid nitrogen to make ice-cream was when I was watching Heston Blumenthal’s TV show and reading his book Heston at Home :)


Upon walking in N2, it really did feel like a science lab with everyone wearing lab coats and a large gas cylinder full of liquid nitrogen ~ it was strange to see bottles of ice-cream mixture in large test tubes, and the experienced ‘scientist’ would pour it into the KitchenAids and quickly freeze it with liquid nitrogen. Mr Bao was very excited about trying too being a scientist, he couldn’t stop telling us about the chemical reactions lol *rolls eyes*

The names for the gelato was also quite unique, I don’t think I would want to try the ‘cigar smoked Hainanese chicken rice’ and after much deliberation, we decided we’ll all get a flavoured we liked.

No surprise Mr Bao got Sleazy Strawberry, what a name eh? It was a mixture of freeze dried strawberries with Shiraz and milk gelato. Unfortunately, this sleazy strawberry did not have a strong strawberry flavour, it was actually quite bland and tasted more like tangy strawberry yoghurt instead. We did like the melt in your mouth, creamy texture of the gelato though.

Sleazy Strawberry $6

I got the buttered popcorn because I had heard it’s quite popular, this time it was aged milk gelato infused with buttered popcorn. It has the same creamy texture and rich milk flavour which complimented the tiny bits of buttered popcorn very well ~ Definitely our favourite!

Buttered Popcorn $6

Little Luk is officially my favourite ice-cream partner because he likes all the flavours I like as well :P He chose the milky caramel with Murray River salt gel. We had mixed feelings about this flavour, once again we liked the texture but we didn’t find the flavours pronounce enough, it was a very light flavoured caramel and we couldn’t taste any salt in the caramel either.

Milky Caramel with Murray River Salt Gel $6

As I was taking photos, I noticed that the gelato was melting much quicker than regular gelato. Mr Bao said it’s because the liquid nitrogen doesn’t freeze the gelato like ice-cream machines. Our verdict – great smooth and velvety texture, but we didn’t think the flavours came through as much as we would have liked. There is actually a N2 store in HK too ~ so we’re hoping to try that one and see if the flavours are better :)

Last ice-cream stop – Royal Copenhagen at Surfers Paradise :) It was a warm night and we were able to leave the Gold Coast and drive back to Brisbane. I had been relatively good that night lol and we didn’t really order desserts, so as we were walking back to our car…I spotted Royal Copenhagen and couldn’t help but grab myself some more ice-cream :P

I was particularly impressed when I saw that they really do make their waffles cones fresh on premises :) I wouldn’t mind having one of these machines at home hehe then I’ll have fresh waffle cones whenever I want them :P

I’ve had Royal Copenhagen before and quite like their buttery and strong milky taste of their ice-cream, it reminds me very much of Dairy Bell we have here in Melbourne ~ even better quality hehe.

They don’t have nearly as many flavours as Messina or as unique as N2, but it’s the traditional ice-cream store with honest yummy flavours and most importantly FREE toppings!

Dutch Chocolate Chip and Wildberry $6AUD 2 Junior scoops

I don’t usually choose chocolate flavoured ice-creams, because not many places produce a deep and rich chocolate ice-cream, but I tried the Dutch chocolate chip and immediately knew I wanted it. Mr Bao wanted something a little more refreshing and chose the Wildberry ~ I obviously said ‘yes’ to free toppings so got caramel sauce and crush macadamia nuts! YUM! My favourite! This was very yummeh ~ I just wished we had Royal Copenhagen in Melbourne too…so I wouldn’t have to fly interstate all the time lol

Hope you liked my first post about our Little Aussie Trip :D Until next time, let us all eat more ICE-CREAM!

Gelato Messina Surry Hills on Urbanspoon

N2 Extreme Gelato on Urbanspoon

Royal Copenhagen Ice Cream Co
Cavill Ave
Surfers Paradise Queensland 4217
(07) 5570 1780

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