It’s official – the best gelato in the world is in Sydney! Italians are shaking their head in disbelief, everyone else who’s got their local/personal favourite gelateria is going “wtf”? And Messina diehards are flipping tables and ice cream cones everywhere. Being someone who ate from 2-3 gelaterias every day while in Italy, I shared my fair share of gelato-induced shock.
Official is official though, Cow and the Moon, with its flagship Madorla Affogato flavour, has won the hearts of the judges of the Gelato World Tour. Regardless of the questionable accuracy of a small group of individuals judging a ubiquitous good like gelato, it is still a hype train that I’m Still Hungry has to ride.
And so, with scientific research (getting fat on gelato) in mind, we ate a very (very!) healthy breakfast in preparation for this endeavour. We prepared ourselves for the queues, I brought a freezer bag (not even kidding), and we set out to take a bite of Enmore’s newest tourist attraction.
Date Last Visited: 14/9/2014
Address: 181 Enmore Road Enmore, NSW
Recommended Dish(es): banana & salted caramel, popcorn flavours
Call us the predictable heathens who descend onto a joint made famous by mass media and “ruin it for the locals“, but in this market, demand and supply is king. You want it? You queue for it. Nobody is more entitled than anyone else.
I’ve actually had the gelato from Cow and the Moon once before, at Brewtown. By then, I had already heard rumours about how much of a hidden gem this place it was. Hidden gems will eventually be unearthed, it seems…
That said, the queue is not too long – on an early Sunday afternoon the wait was around twenty minutes or so. Service is actually very quick, as Cow and the Moon has a big team working round the clock to ensure people get their gelato. The line wasn’t as long as some pictures I’ve seen, so it really depends on when you go.
As the weather is now warmer, be prepared to wait even longer!
One scoop sets you back $5, two $6.5 and three $8.5. I’m not 100% confident on these figures because Cow and the Moon go via “small, medium, large” definitions of size, and also my memory of the exact pricing is as good as that of a brick.
You can’t buy a tub of the Madorla Affogato flavour as it sells out too easily. Naturally, we all incorporated this flavour into our scoop repertoire.
I don’t know how something like gelato is judged – after all, flavours are so incredibly subjective. If I didn’t like coffee, I would not think the affogato flavour was anything special.
Thus, is the merit of gelato judged on its inherent quality (consistency, smoothness, texture, aftertaste etc.), or on its flavour (chocolate? Green tea? Exotic?)
I can’t answer that, but what I can say is that the affogato is a good flavour. If you like coffee, you’ll dig this. Not a coffee fan? The “best gelato in the world” won’t blow your mind. That simple.
I found the quality of gelato to be superb. Soft but not runny, creamy but not fatty, something I could lick away at forever. The affogato flavour I chose was a bit on the sweet side, while the popcorn emerged as the clear favourite. With little crunchy bits and a nutty taste, this was the world-class gelato for me.
The above cone was a friend’s while this was mine. The banana & salted caramel gelato harks back to that of Cho Cho San, which is to say – delicious. Salted caramel is so yesterday – banana works a treat. A natural companion to salted caramel, so it seems.
My trifecta of flavours are now two-strong. One to go.
By the accounts of the friend who ordered this, it was an OK sample of cookies and cream. To put it shortly, while a good gelato, nothing comes close to the Cookieman gelato @ Anita Gelato (you can tell I don’t blog ice cream very often due to the lack of linked posts). It owns the market on cookies & cream.
Eight people translates into eight cups/cones of delish. This is the only way to capture all of the glory, right?
A 1.5L tub of gelato with four choices will set you back $29.5, which is a very reasonable price. We topped up with some of our favourites, plus a fourth flavour which was really tasty but we forgot the name! It was like a honey vanilla, which seemed simple but…that’s what’s most important. Remember:
The simpler something is, the more difficult it is to hide any imperfections.
The chocolate gelato was an interesting case – initially, it was by far the most disliked of all the choices (we ate around it!). When it was the only one left, we begrudgingly dug into it…and it grew and grew on us. By the end, we were pretty confident that this is one of the best examples of chocolate gelato out there. Mind trick!
So is Cow and the Moon purveyor of the best gelato in the world? It doesn’t really matter – because flavour preferences matter far more. Anita Gelato still has the best cookies and cream flavour (amongst several others), Messina still owns the salted caramel market, while Cow and the Moon ideally remains the favourites of locals but also newcomers alike. In the end, it’s a drastic boost to their business, and that’s mostly a good thing.
Congratulations on the win!
As usual, feel free to leave a comment or three 😀
- The gelato here is competitive with the best of Sydney and Italy
- Chocolate is an amazingly good flavour – let it grow on you
Not so Awesome:
- The affogato flavour is a little on the sweet side
- Be ready to accept the possibility of expectations letdown if you’re picturing eating the best gelato ever
- Be prepared to queue for this place