The CREATIVE DEPARTMENT by messina seats 8 per sitting at a communal table, for an 8 course degustation with accompanying nectars of the gods.

8 Seats, 8 Courses, 8 Drinks

Since opening its doors next to our Darlinghurst store, the Creative Department has evolved, refined and redefined the ultimate sensory dining experience. The seasonal menu is curated by our head chefs to transport you to an experimental, immersive and indulgent place. Paired with complimenting handmade drinks, this 8 course dinner showcases the perfect balance of sweet, savoury and umami in the comfort of our Darlinghurst restaurant.

Special Event: Caviar Week

price:
$150
DATES AVAILABLE UNTIL:
November 11, 2018
For the first time in Creative Department history, head chef Remi Talbot has curated a one off menu of caviar centric dishes that will have you waving those preconceptions out the door. The 'treat yourself' experience can only be described as unique, opulent and indulgent. Featuring internationally sourced caviar as you've never seen it before, alongside crustaceans and unexpected accompaniments.
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Special Event: Produce Week

price:
$130
DATES AVAILABLE UNTIL:
Our menu is full of amazing ingredients from the very best producers in Australia. To celebrate our farmers, growers and suppliers, we're hosting a special week of sittings with a menu to match. Guests will also be able to enjoy dishes made with ingredients from Messina Farms - our own jersey milk from our dairy farm in VIC, our own strawberries from Dural in NSW and hazelnuts from our farm in VIC.
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Sydney, Darlinghurst

price:
$130
DATES AVAILABLE UNTIL:
October 28, 2018
After an interstate Truffle Week tour, the Creative Department is currently back in Darlinghurst with a brand new menu. Book your seats from now until the 28th October, before it’s summoned to its next big debut.
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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 restaurant with 1 table, 8 seats and a lot of love.
The Creative Department menu is designed to be an experimental, immersive, intriguing, indulgent and at times confronting, seven-course dining experience. In the format of a degustation, paired with complimenting drinks and liquids, this is not what you might expect. It borders on dessert but the brave might call this 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
Friday - Sunday