Thursday, 28 January 2010

gelato and sorbet in sydney

While the weather is still knocking the ball out of the park, the excuse to eat ice cream is...not really an excuse! Sure, there's always room in all Australian hearts for a classic corner store ice cream...when chocolate paddle pops, splice and drum sticks take you back to childhood in a flash, there are also more sophisticated options for the grown-up palate.

1. Pompeii's

126 Roscoe St
Bondi Beach NSW 2026
(02) 9365 1233

The heaving queue for frozen treats at this Bondi pizza institution might have you thinking it was just a gelato bar. Yes, the pizzas are brilliant, but Pompeii's proximity-to-beach in addition to authentic Italian ingredients (the chocolate flavour is made with Tuscan Armadei), rich Barambah organic milk and fresh fruit produce make this gelateria a consistent winner.

2. Frangipani Gelato Bar

1/2 Ocean Grove Ave
Cronulla NSW 2230
(02) 9544 0216

Another coastal ice cream stop is buried deep in the shire. I'm no advocate of violence, so don't wait for an en-masse text message to head down to Cronulla and check this gelato gem out. Like Gelato Messina in Darlinghurst, there are gelato and sorbetti cakes as well as a solid selection of favourite flavours including boysenberry, snickers and chocolate malt.

3. Glacé

27 Marion Street
Leichhardt NSW 2040
(02) 9569 3444


Proving that a coastal address doesn't always contribute to great gelato, Glacé's Leichardt HQ has all the flavours you might find in the many stores that stock their icy treats around Sydney, but there's also a range of specialty desserts on offer including gelato petit fours and more. Top flavours include Sicilian blood orange and gin & tonic sorbet.