My Gelato recently opened, only about a month ago, amidst the cluster of eating places at the base of the Oracle towers in Broadbeach. Apart from Max Brenner, the area in general has lacked a dessert destination. We were initially perplexed by the Est 2009 at the bottom of the sign, given the new appearance, but it turns out that this was the second outlet of a store that originally opened at Kirra a few years ago.
Done up in colours of white and teal, it has a bright, clean look. The entire shop is well lighted, and feature teardrop shaped pendant lights hang over the service counter.
There is limited seating available, a couple of tables outside which fit four people each. There is also a cute little picnic table, umbrella, and deck chair setup for littler people, as well as a box of toys to keep them entertained.
The gelato display is rather unique, unlike anything I’ve seen elsewhere. Instead of a glass display running the length of the counter, the gelato tubs sit in drums, arranged radially like orange segments. Only the part of the glass lid is opened to access the gelati, and I think there are foot pedals the waitstaff step on to rotate the flavours they require towards them and stop the drum turning when appropriate. There is one drum at each end of the counter, and each holds twelve different flavours. It is quite an interesting mechanism to watch in action. If you had trouble choosing, you could potentially ask them to do a Wheel of Fortune-style spin for you (I don’t think they actually offer that yet).
Apart from the standard flavours like chocolate, vanilla, and cookies and cream, there are other interesting mixes like mango and dragonfruit, caramelised hazelnut and nutella, and wild strawberry and lemon custard.
Between us, we had solemio (fig, almond, honey), dragonfruit and mango, blood orange with nutella topping, chocolate (70% Lindt chocolate), caramelised hazelnut and nutella, and cappuccino. We found each flavour to be rich and true. The solemio flavour was just a bit too sweet, but it wasn’t an issue with any of the others we tried. The dragonfruit and mango flavour certainly tasted of mango, but not so much of dragonfruit. It is generally a subtle flavour though, and it had the look of red dragonfruit. They were all smooth. It turns out that the owner came from Bologna, which is also where the two guys who own and run the excellent geletaria La Macelleria in Brisbane hail from. Bologna is gelato capital of the world for good reason..
We had two scoops apiece, and though it was $6.50 for the two scoops, they were generous serves, and we were each given an extra little topping of a curl of gelato of a complimentary flavour.
Serving staff were cheerful and efficient.
My Gelato can definitely hold its own against the other dessert options around, and is worth visiting, especially if you are a gelati afficionado. Go ahead, treat yourself.
Price point: Single scoop $4.80. Double scoop $6.50. Triple scoop $7.90. They also do take home packs.
Address: Shop 12, 1 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach
Website: My Gelato