Messina took Pottinger Street by storm last year to make Hong Kong a sweeter place, one house-churned scoop at a time. This summer, the gelato giant is popping up at LANDMARK to bring its whimsical, creamy deliciousness to a new part of town.
The Messian pop-up follows in the footsteps of the wildly popular Butter, which set up shop back in December 2020. For 2022, Black Sheep Restaurants has chosen to pass the torch from one sweet venture to another.
Whether in need of midday sweetness to break up a shopping spree or to look for a little ice-cool pick-me-up to brighten up the work week, starting from 22 July, guests can get their favourite Messina flavours by the scoop daily from 12 pm until 8 pm. The limited-time pop-up will feature a 20-flavour selection curated from Messina’s ever-growing library of creative flavour combinations.
On offer will be ten mainstays plus a menu of 10 rotating flavours featuring one classic Messina flavour and one LANDMARK exclusive that’s not available at the Pottinger Street location.
Among the ten mainstays are popular Hong Kong exclusives, including Egg Tart, an egg custard gelato with caramelised puff pastry, and Black Sesame Tong Yuen, which uses a hand-made tong yuen and a premium Japanese black sesame paste to give a rich and toasted flavour to the gelato base.
Alongside these much-loved Hong Kong exclusives is a line-up of Messina’s all-time favourites, including the Pistachio, made with genuine Sicilian pistachios from Bronte, Italy, and the Salted Coconut & Mango Salsa Sorbet, the most popular sorbet across Australia and Hong Kong.
Exclusively for the LANDMARK pop-up, Messina will introduce a special flavour to their gelato cabinet each month, each with its own story and inspiration. Tandy’s Egg Tart is a salted dark chocolate gelato swirled with egg tart gelato and layered with flakey caramelised pastry.
This sweet concoction is a nod to Tom Andrews, the brains behind LANDMARK’s BELOWGROUND and dining destination BaseHall, but more importantly, he is one of Black Sheep Restaurants’ favourite people. Group Pastry Chef Karys Logue (below) and the Messina team have crafted a unique combination of flavours by bringing together a few of Messina’s most-loved flavours.
The gelato giant from down under is equally obsessed with the quality of the gelato as the origin of the ingredients, using only the best to make everything that goes into each smile-inducing scoop, including their very own Messina Jersey cow milk. Swing on by the pop-up and get a scoop ($60) or two ($75) or three ($90) of some of Messina’s greatest hits at LANDMARK all summer long
Guests who cannot get their fill in one visit can walk away with their favourites and mix and match a takeaway tub with up to five flavours depending on the size. The tubs are available in 0.5L for $180, 1L for $320 and 1.5L tubs for $400.
Visit www.gelatomessina.com.hk or follow @gelatomessinahk for more information. Messina LANDMARK is at Shop 239, 2/F, The LANDMARK, 15 Queen’s Road Central, and will be open daily from 12 pm to 8 pm.
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