Uni student studying English Literature and French – loves reading, writing and exploring Sydney's diverse offerings, old and new.
Published September 9th 2012
King Street stretches on ahead, into the hot afternoon haze. On any other day, we may have wandered leisurely past Newtown's shops and cafes, but this time we're eager to escape the heat. Besides, we've been promised one of the best gelato bars in Sydney. Anticipation spurs us.
Since opening two years ago, Cow and Moon Gelato, (further up on Enmore Rd), has won no less than ten prizes, including Champion Gelato at the 2011 Royal Easter Show. Though hung in pride of place, we don't notice these awards until later – it's the wonders behind the display case that catch our eyes.
Waves of rich, glossy chocolate join luscious fruit sorbets and creamy pastel swirls, some topped with biscuit crumble or sticky lashings of ripple for added allure. Undoubtedly, such delights would have impressed Mr. Wonka himself.
Cups and waffle cones parade past us into the hands of other customers, and there's only one thing stopping me from ordering my own – decisiveness in the gelato-flavour-department has never been my strong point. In the case of Cow and Moon, it's made worse by the fact the flavours are all equally tempting!
Encouraged by the friendly service, I sample a variety before choosing a combination of blackcurrant and blueberry sorbet with balsamic strawberry panna cotta. The people at Cow and Moon understand indecisiveness – that's why a 'small' is in fact two flavours, generously scooped, for only $4.50. For those who still can't choose, there's the 'medium' option (three scoops for $5.90) or 'large' (four for $7.40).
Our decisions made, we gather round one of the remaining small tables in the busy space and – conversation stops. This gelato demands attention. The panna cotta creation is a velvety triumph, its richness balanced by the fresh and fruity sweetness of the sorbet and made even more delicious by the balsamic tang of the strawberry ripple.
Snapping out of our gelato-induced bliss, we compare opinions. Does Cow and Moon live up to the acclaim of all those awards? One of our number is not overly impressed by the mango sorbet, and thinks the chocolate is similarly unexciting. It seems the success lies in the more unusual flavour experiments (no wonder the kitchen is dubbed the 'Lab'), including the pomegranate, hazelnut roche, blood orange and lime and coconut – all of which are declared revelations in a cone.
We're convinced. And have more than enough reason to return to Cow and Moon Gelato. This family-run gelateria would make the perfect dessert spot after a dinner out or a show at Enmore Theatre. Maybe next time we'll try the apple and wasabi, or the raspberry and chilli, or the passionfruit cream ...