THE STAR, NSW
Unfortunately, Balla was closed to the public for a private event and Black seemed a little too broody for my company's style - so we opted for a quick nibble at the Din Tai Fung Dumpling Bar and Gelato Messina for gelato soon afterwards.
Although I didn't take any photo-worthy photos of the latter, Messina's gelato bar was heavenly. The quality of the ice cream is rich and creamy with every decent spoonful.
Their portions were a generous scoop too, the ice cream was at a near-to-melt-but-oh-so-soft enough to spoon and devour easily. Not one hardened, icy consistency was present. The cups are big enough for two flavours and there are so many to choose from. I had chosen the Pistachio and Gianduia (chocolate & hazelnut) flavours amongst many other seriously delicious and creative flavours of "Ultra Violet" (a blueberry/chocolate tango), Coconut and Pandan, Pear & Rhubarb and the Italian Nougat - all of which looked so decadent I ought to try them later on!
On the left was seating rooms, both of which are of glistening black and silver. The ceilings are high, the chairs are all varied in style but the colour and trends remain the same throughout the ground level. There are booths, tables, communal-type chairs and television screens to kick back and watch whilst you eat and sit down after a good walk or gamble at the casino (not that I did, though). What I loved most was the corner tables, indented to be circular separate places with faux-glass tiling that glittered little specks of lights on everything.
The Dumplings themselves are never disappointing, as they are served hot and encasing the enticing pork broth inside each dumpling. Happily, I ate those and read the little red memo on how Din Tai Fung suggests to eat them: