Melbourne's Southbank is home to many popular entertainment venues including restaurants, bars, the Eureka Skydeck 88 and the Crown Casino Complex. Located at the food court in Crown is the Calatrava Cafe. It operates a gelati station facing the promenade, often crowded with the excited screams of children and their gleeful laughs when receiving their double scoop-filled cones of ice cream. It was time to stop at Crown Casino and check out this ice cream outlet.
Calatrava Cafe, named after Spanish architect and designer Santiago Calatrava, serves coffee and cakes but I was only interested in their gelati on this occasion. I can see why kids and adults alike love to make a stop here. The Cafe's gelati section with its colourful ice creams facing the riverside is simply tempting. Riverside access also makes it easy for passer-bys to look, stop and taste.
With so many flavours in 2 separate counters, it was difficult to decide. I finally ended up with a generous double scoop of adult-kid combination from both sections - Pistachio from the left and Rainbow from the right.
The Pistachio on top was richly flavoured with chunky nuts. I enjoyed the mix of creamy and nutty textures which was in compete contrast to the confectionery sweet and colourful Rainbow. Granted the choices available at Calatrava are more commonly commercial than artisan places like Gelato Messina in Sydney but I knew I'd made a good choice when I became the attention of screaming kids pointing at my ice cream and yelling to their parents for their share of creamy goodness.
So if you happen to be walking past Crown Casino, Calatrava Cafe offers one good gelati reason to stop, look and grab yourself an ice-cream.