The CREATIVE DEPARTMENT by messina IS SYDNEY'S FIRST GELATO CENTRIC FINE DINING RESTAURANT OFFERING AN 8 COURSE DEGUSTATION

8 Seats, 8 Courses, 8 Drinks

Since opening its doors in Sydney, the Creative Department has evolved, refined and redefined the ultimate fine dining experience. The seasonal menu is curated by our head chef Remi Talbot, to take you on an immersive and indulgent journey. Paired with complimenting alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks, this 8 course degustation showcases the perfect balance of sweet, savoury and umami in the comfort of our Darlinghurst restaurant.

Looking for a full table corporate booking? Book our private corporate sitting below or call us on (02) 9669 4527.

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Classic 8 course degustation: Sydney and Melbourne

price:
$130
DATES AVAILABLE UNTIL:
February 22, 2020
The classic Creative Department degustation at our Darlinghurst (Sydney) and Windsor (Melbourne) restaurants are our most popular sittings. Book your seats in groups of 2 - 8, or a private sitting all to yourselves for an 8 course degustation with paired alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks. Pictured: wild honey gelato, black truffle and banana.
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Good Pair Days Collaboration Melbourne

price:
$200
DATES AVAILABLE UNTIL:
January 18, 2020
Welcome to our first official wine partnership at our Darlinghurst restaurant. Accompanying the 8-course degustation will be drops paired by Banjo Harris Plane — three-time Australian sommelier of the year, and co-founder of Good Pair Days. Bookings are available on the 16-18th January (2020) in Melbourne.
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Corporate or Private Group Sitting

price:
$130 pp. minimum 8 people
DATES AVAILABLE UNTIL:
December 18, 2019
The Creative Department's intimate 8 seater restaurant is perfect for hosting your company's team bonding, Christmas party or client wooing events. Also the ideal venue for that special birthday, anniversary or proposal with your nearest and dearest. Presented to you in the format of an 8-course degustation, paired with complimenting non-alcoholic or alcoholic drinks, the menu is designed to be an experimental, immersive and indulgent experience. Equally as thought-provoking as it is delicious, it borders on dessert but is very much a meal.
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The Story of Messina's Creative Department

Darlinghurst is where it all started for Messina way back in 2002. It was our first store and remains the beating heart of our business. As Messina began to grow in the early years, we had the opportunity to take over a small cafe next door and established a production area, a creative space and test kitchen. We tinkered with our gelato cakes, we started experimenting with weird & wonderful ‘monoporzione’ and it was dubbed the ‘Messina Creative Department’ – a tiny space where a lot happened!

We held our first gelato classes here, squished between fridges, pasteurisers and the kitchen sink. We opened Sydney’s first dedicated soft serve gelato/dessert bar and stuck to our ethos of literally making every component in-house. It afforded our chefs the opportunity to experiment with gelato, hand rolled cones, and a multitude of additions including biscuits, crunches, pralines, marshmallows, jellies and all manner of exquisite dessert toppings. It was fun!

However, by the end of 2015, we got a little bored. We closed the doors and started preparing an ambitious project we’d talked about for years.

The result is a Darlinghurst restaurant with 1 table, 8 seats and a lot of love.
The Creative Department by Messina, offers a fine dining eight course degustation that is experimental, immersive and indulgent. Paired with complimenting alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks, this is not what you might expect. It borders on dessert but it is very much a meal.

The menu flirts with savoury and dances with the unexpected. It tests the relationship between what you see and what you taste and will challenge your palate and f*ck with your mind. It challenges your taste buds and will knock any pre-conceptions associated with eating 7 rounds of Messina straight out of your mind. By using seasonal, local and specifically sourced fresh produce and incorporating flavours not normally associated with dessert, our aim is to take you just out of your comfort zone but leave you feeling like you’ve just had a big hug from a cuddly stranger! The truth is you could eat a small meal before or after this degustation, or you could treat this as a meal in itself. But if you choose to eat prior to dining with us, we’d advise that you keep it on the light side. We hope you like it.

Messina Creative Department
243 Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
171 Chapel St, Windsor VIC 3181
Thursday - Saturday