Spring Street Grocery is a new gourmet grocery store that has begun luring curious passers-by with their gelato. Although they have future plans to add a cheese room and delicatessen, the gelateria primavera has some unusual and enticing flavour combinations to keep the crowds coming back. Churning new flavours daily depending on the fresh produce available, they have the flavours scribbled up on butcher's paper on one side of the gelateria.
On a hot day after lunch, gelato seemed to be the perfect way to end the day with, especially on a sweltering 33°C day. The staff are friendly and welcome taste-tests to ensure you'll like the unique flavours - I had trouble deciding between all the flavours but was very happy with my choices. The tiramisu was creamy with an added texture of coffee soaked cake. The fig gelato was understated and incredibly elegant with the mild, earthy sweetness coming through and some of the figs' seedy texture still retained. Finishing with the fior di latte (translates to flower of milk), it was like a creamy combination of vanilla and sweetened condensed milk - if you thought choosing 'vanilla' was boring, try this and your mind will be blown with this wholesome and fresh flavour.
I knew I had to grab a take home pack for Mr A to sample the gloriousness of Spring St Grocery, which holds up to 4 flavours - I opted for pistachio, fig and fior di latte. The unadulterated pistachio flavour captured the nuttiness and while it's not normally my favourite nut, it was gorgeous in the light and creamy gelato. Mr A is not so easily impressed, especially when it comes to food but he was loving the flavours and agreed that while it was pricey at $20 for 1 litre, it was a worth it for those indulgent moments.
I've become a little obsessed with Spring St Grocery. After a full three course dinner at The Little Hunter, I couldn't help but insist on more ice cream delights from Spring St Grocery. I was a little shattered that the fig flavour wasn't available that day but I knew I had to try the other flavours sooner or later. Watermelon and mint was lovely and fresh although the mint in the watermelon made it seem like I was eating that part of watermelon closer to the rind with a grassy aftertaste. The hazelnut was rich and creamy although I'm not sure if I was imagining a slight bitterness to it however the sweetness from the fior di latte was superb combined with the hazelnut.
Spring St Grocery also have cold pressed juices for the more health conscious customers but you may as well try the gelato while you're there. The flavour combinations are definitely different and very appealing so it is worth a drop by. I'm sort of glad that I don't work in the vicinity, otherwise my wallet would be crying from my daily visits.
Will I return? Yes, it's become my new favourite spot for a refreshing dessert hit.
Spring St Grocery
157 Spring St
Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9654 0811
Mon to Thurs 7am - 11pm
Fri 7am - 11:30pm
Sat & Sun 9am - 11pm