Review: Australian brand Gelatissimo serves fresh sorbets and gelatos in its first store in Hyderabad
Apart from serving more than 20 flavours, Gelatissimo also offers about 10 toppings including nuts, sprinkles and chocolate sauce.
There has been a steady rise in the city’s temperature, and when there’s a new dessert bar in town, what better way to beat the heat than cool ice cream! Eager to explore what it has to offer, we reach Gelatissimo store on a sunny Monday afternoon.
At the doorstep, the aroma of freshly churned chocolate draws us in, getting us excited for the sampling session. We observe that the brightly lit outlet with colourful interiors offers a café vibe — faux exposed brick walls, French lamps and wooden flooring. The seating is cosy with cushion sofas and high chairs with space for 30. Meanwhile, managing director Sangeetha Dumpeta, who co-owns the branch with Manisha Mishra, tells us that this is the first outlet of Gelatissimo in India. The Australian brand has more than 60 stores in nine countries. “During my visits to Australia and Singapore, I’ve tried their gelato cakes and sorbets. It’s just as fresh and delicious each time. We noticed that people in Hyderabad were opting for healthier eating habits. So we thought this was the right time to open a gelato dessert outlet. We also want to make people aware of the benefits of having gelato or a sorbet over regular ice cream,” Sangeetha adds, pointing out to a board indicating the difference between ice cream and gelato.
Before we sit down with our desserts, we take a quick tour of the outlet. We’re told that gelatos are made every day in a huge gelato maker, situated on one end of the counter. “Flavoured puree is added with milk and churned together and served fresh to the customers. We always make limited amounts of gelato depending on the demand, thus making sure that there’s no wastage. This way, we can also offer more flavours in circulation,” shares Sangeetha.
Apart from serving more than 20 flavours, Gelatissimo also offers about 10 toppings including nuts, sprinkles and chocolate sauce. Everything from brownies to waffle cones and toppings are made in-house. Each sorbet section also has a tiny board with indications like vegan, gluten-free and signature flavour. Some of the special flavours created for Hyderabad are Mango Lassi, Kesariya Badam and Kulfi. If you love fruit-based flavours, opt for slightly sour Passion Fruit Sorbet or Classic Mango. We also love the creamy Berry Pavlova (blueberry, strawberry and raspberry) and Peanut Butter fudge — this one comes topped with choco chips and caramel. If you’re in a mood to experiment, do try Chilli Chocolate — although it’s sweet in the beginning, the spicy flavour lingers on.
Chocolates are forever
Apart from the variety of flavours, Gelatissimo also serves gelato cakes, waffles, doughnuts, brownies and a host of shakes. Their signature two scoop waffle could be a meal in itself — one half of the waffle is topped with two gelato flavours and whipped cream, the other half is placed on top and garnished with chocolate sauce or maple syrup and cherries.
Our favourite from the menu is the Lava Cake — a generous scoop of gelato is placed on a brownie and topped with a chocolate shell. The cake is brought to your table and piping hot chocolate sauce is poured on the shell, which breaks open due to the heat. Although the amount of chocolate served in this dessert is overwhelming, we don’t mind! If you’re a chocolate lover, don’t miss this one.
Price for two: Rs.800.
Pics: R Satish Babu.