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Published December 19th 2016
Firstly, Sydney is full of surprises and secondly, is already hinting at what looks to be a scorching summer. What better way to celebrate both of these realities than to sample the finest in weird and wonderful ice-creamery around town.
You say bucket-list, I say cross off!
How about some sea salt and tomato ice-cream? Aqua S serves inexpensive and quality soft-serve ice-cream which is truly a crowd pleaser. Your pick of two flavours will be fused together to create an eye-catching design and a party in your mouth. Or maybe some tofu, earl grey milk tea or rose? Go the extra mile with toppings such as caramel popcorn and fairy floss. Your taste buds will refuse to ever go back to chocolate and vanilla.
You might have heard of hot chips with ice-cream (if you haven't then please keep up, that was soo 2016), but have you heard of brioche with gelato? Riva Reno are an artisan gelato house which specialise in hand-made gelato using all natural ingredients. They also do some great speciality flavours like liquourice as well as ricotta and caramelised figs.
Brioche and gelato, just like in Sicily. Photo courtesy rivareno.com.au/
Perhaps not as weird as it is wonderful is Pure Gelato'swattle seed gelato which is made with ground Australian Wattles seeds. It has an earthy nutty flavour with a hint of coffee tones and beautifully captures the emotion of the Australian Bush.
Pure Gelato's wattle seed embraces a native Australian superfood. Photo courtesy Pure Gelato
Grape molasses and tahini. Why not? Hakiki does not sell your traditional ice-cream to begin with and is in fact Turkish or "maras" ice-cream which has the advantage of not melting into a puddle of custard until it goes into your mouth. Win-win really.
We all know N2 Extreme Gelato is extreme, but is it weird? From time to time, yes. Cough syrup and beer flavoured gelatos are favourites that are known to be on the menu from time to time but with an ever-changing menu you really can't predict what this headquarters for weirdo enthusiasts is going to come up with next. Upcoming flavours include cocktail sorbets such as gin & tonic and champagne so keep yours eyes (and tongues) open.
Many gelato and ice-cream houses like Pompei's in Bondi experiment with flavours from time to time so it's worth keeping track of their ever changing menu. Recent flavours have included parmigiano and saffron and persimmon and crushed amaretti biscuit sorbet.