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 non-alcoholic drinks, this 8 course degustation showcases the perfect balance of sweet, savoury and umami in the comfort of our Darlinghurst restaurant.

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Sydney Creative Department x Brix Distillers

March 9, 2019
Join us for a paired cocktail sitting, hosted and co-created by BRIX Distillery in Surry Hills. Brix are Sydney's first rum producers who distil and make their own rum on site. Book in groups of 2 - 12 to experience an 8 course degustation made by our Creative Department head chef Remi Talbot and BRIX head chef Ivan Sanchez, with paired rum cocktails created by the head mixologist. Book in on Friday 8th or Saturday 9th March. Starting with a mini tour of the distillery, expect 2+ hours of mind-blowing food, cocktails and a little theatre along the way. The experience will be themed around the 8 processes of rum creation, from raw sugar cane extraction to fermentation, smoking and ageing.
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Classic 8 course degustation: Sydney

June 1, 2019
The classic Creative Department degustation is returning to our Darlinghurst restaurant in March with a brand new menu. Book your seats in groups of 2 - 8, or a private sitting of 8. Pictured: grilled scampi, black pepper and butter sauce, bergamote and extra virgin olive oil gelato.
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Melbourne Creative Department x Starward Whisky

February 24, 2019
A collaboration like no other and our first alcoholic pairing at the Melbourne Creative Department, Starward Whisky are coming onboard to create a bespoke cocktail menu. Based in Port Melbourne, their Australian Whisky is all made and aged in house at their Port Melbourne distillery. Using locally grown barley and Australian Shiraz, Pinot and Cabernet wine barrels - their distinct wine maturation process created from the saturated barrels is just one of the aspects that makes this whisky unique and full of flavour. Join us for 8 courses and 8 paired drinks at our Windsor restaurant.
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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 at times confronting. Paired with complimenting 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
Friday - Sunday