Product Review: Domino’s Peri Peri Pizzas

What is it: Domino’s Peri Peri Pizza

How much is it: $8.95 each

Where to order it: http://www.dominos.com.au/menu/pizzas

Contact:  Domino’s – 1300 366 466

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Thanks to Domino’s Australia, I got to try out the new Peri Peri Range, retailing for $8.95 each.

A delivery of three pizzas, a garlic bread, cold Coke and a lover’s lava cake arrived at our door and we were soon stuck into the pizzas!

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In the boxes were the Chicken Peri Peri, Beef Peri Peri and Prawn Peri Peri pizzas.

First off, the prawn.

It was bursting with freshness from the fresh, just cooked prawns to the juicy cherry tomatoes and green spinach. Delicious flavours and generous amount of prawns and vegetables.

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Next was the beef.

The beef pizza was a little dry. The sauce helped a little but I could do with more sauce due to the dryness of the beef. Not much vegetables on this one- definitely for the guys and kids!

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Finally, the chicken.

Soft chicken breast,  fresh vegetables and lots and lots of melted cheese.

A beautiful looking pizza and a very nice tasting one too. I really enjoyed the crispy crust and creamy cheesy centre.

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Rating

I give the prawn an 8/10, the chicken a 6/10 and the beef a 6/10.

Disclaimer: TCFB sampled the Peri Peri pizzas courtesy of Domino’s. All opinions expressed on this blog are entirely my own and are not intended to be factual and/or taken as advice. 

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My food bucket list!

Sydney is full of great restaurants and more and more of them seem to be popping up each day! Shows like Masterchef and My Kitchen Rules contribute to the growing interest in restaurants, chefs and food in general.

Here is a list of some of the Sydney restaurants I am looking forward to trying!:

  1. Quay
  2. Marque
  3. Flying Fish
  4. Assiette, Surry Hills
  5. Est.
  6. Aria
  7. Guillame at Bennelong
  8. Ms. G’s
  9. Pilu at Freshwater, Manly
  10. 360 Bar and Dining
  11. MissChu
  12. Jamie’s Italian
  13. Bavarian Bier Cafe
  14. Xanthi
  15. Mamak- Chatswood and City
  16. Zaafran
  17. Bentley Restaurant and Bar, Surry Hills
  18. Claude’s Woollahra
  19. Kazbah
  20. Din Tai Fung
  21. Hard Rock Cafe
  22. Jordan’s Seafood Restaurant
  23. The Meat & Wine Co.
  24. The Malaya
  25. Four in Hand
  26. El  Jannah
  27. Guylian Chocolate Cafe
  28. Lindt Cafe
  29. I’m Angus Steakhouse
  30. Hurricane’s Grill
  31. Ribs n Rump
  32. Grill’d Burgers
  33. Kingsley’s Steakhouse
  34. Nick’s Bar and Grill, Seafood, Steakhouse
  35. Rocks Teppanyaki
  36. Tetsuya’s
  37. Kobe Jones 
  38. Ash Street Cellar
  39. Danks St. Depot
  40. Buon Ricordo, Paddington
  41. Adriano Zumbo’s
  42. Patisse
  43. Opera Bar and Restaurant
  44. Cafe Sydney
  45. Rockpool Bar and Grill & Rockpool
  46. Mad Cow
  47. Bather’s Pavillion, Balmoral
  48. Sepia
  49. Spice Temple
  50. Universal, Darlinghurst-closing soon
  51. Catalina, Rose Bay
  52. Wagamama
  53. East Ocean
  54. Foveaux
  55. Bridge Street Garage
  56. Icebergs, Bondi
  57. Otto Ristorante
  58. Billy Kwong
  59. Bodega Tapas restaurant
  60. Oscillate Wildly, Newtown
  61. Felix
  62. Sake restaurant and bar
  63. Altitude at the Shangri-La
  64. The Cook’s Garden, Turramurra
  65. Wildfire
  66. Aki’s Indian
  67. Jonah’s, Whale Beach
  68. Fish Face
  69. Tomislav Restaurant
  70. Sean’s Panaroma, Bondi
  71. Garfish
  72. The Sailor’s Club
  73. Orto Trading Co
  74. The Bridge Room
  75. Hartsyard
  76. Sous le Soleil
  77. Burch and Purchese Melbourne
  78. Monopole
  79. Darley’s Lilianfel’s
  80. Papi Chulo, Manly
  81. China Republic
  82. Gowings Bar and Grill
  83. Palmer & Co
  84. MoVida
  85. Mr Wong
  86. House of Crab
  87. Nomad
  88. La Maison De L’eclair
  89. The Boathouse, Palm Beach
  90. Longrain
  91. The Fat Duck, UK
  92. Blackflower Patisserie
  93. Ministry of Crab, Sri Lanka
  94. Three Williams, Redfern

Also see High Tea TO DO List.

Keep checking my blog to see my reviews and posts about the restaurants as I tick them off my list!

Kataifi Prawns (serves 3-4 as an entree)

This simple and quick recipe is great for entrees or just a light snack.

It is healthier than tempura prawns or prawn cocktails as it does not involve any frying and looks interesting on the plate.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 packet kataifi, kept out for a few hours until it is room temperature
  • 500gr prawns
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Seasoning of your choice (I used an African-style rub mix)

Method:

1. Heat oven to 200C.

2. Peel and de-vein prawns, leaving the tails on.

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3. Take some kataifi out gently and put it in a small bowl. Separate some of the strands so it is easier to work with.

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4. Beat the egg with a fork and add salt, pepper and your choice of seasoning.

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5. Lay the kataifi strands out in a long line. Place the prawn at the top of the strand and roll it down to the bottom until covered. Place on an oiled tray.

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6. Once all prawns are covered in kataifi, place tray in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, or until pastry is golden and crispy.

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Enjoy!

Criniti’s Darling Harbour, ($$)

Criniti’s, Darling Harbour

Address: Shop 461, 2-10 Darling Drive, Harbourside Shopping Centre,  Darling Harbour NSW 2000

Phone: 1300274 648

Website: http://www.crinitis.com.au/

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A half day at work meant the colleagues and I headed over to Darling Harbour (via monorail) for a day of food, drinks and bonding!

The monorail ride over was something different and as I hadn’t been on a monorail in a while. I thought that it was a great way to get another view of Sydney and although windows and building facades blocked the view some of the way, there was a fantastic view of QVB and Darling Harbour from the monorail.

If only the windows were cleaner and didn’t have pictures on them, we could actually see out of them better to take photos!

I can see why they are planning to take the monorail down this year- there weren’t many people on, the tickets are a little pricey considering you could walk the distance in the same time (it is quite slow), and it is hard to take photos out the window when there are stickers and pictures on them blocking the view.

That said, I wish they would have added it on to a hop on hop off bus price and use it as a bigger tourist attraction as it is definitely a unique part of Sydney.

Atmosphere

After our monorail trip, we walked over the Pyrmont Bridge to Harbourside shopping Centre.

As always, Criniti’s restaurants are very well presented. The decor is fabulous, taking you to Italy with the large woodfired pizza ovens, exposed brickwork and football jerseys.

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The gorgeous view of Darling Harbour

On this occasion we visited during the day and sat outside. I had only ever been to Criniti’s at night so it was interesting to see what the place looked like by day.

There was plenty of bright light coming in from the balcony and while the restaurant wasn’t anywhere near as busy as it is at night, there were still quite a few tables of people around us.

Service

Service wasn’t as good as during the night. We had 2 waiters look after our table during our meal and, as we all ordered drinks and food at different times, some taking longer to peruse the menu than others (guilty!), there was some confusion over who had ordered and who had not.

Overall however, they were pleasant and professional.

Food

We all ordered a variety of things.

I went for the Chicken Skewers with Lemon & Herb seasoning. They were served with three delicious sauces which tasted like aioli, chilli and prego. They also came with a fresh half a lemon (I love lemon and the fact that they weren’t stingy with it!), and a large basket of chips which was more than enough for me.

The chicken was juicy and well-seasoned; the meat had really absorbed all the flavour of the marinade. The charred capsicum and onions added some smokiness and the crispy chips definitely hit the spot!

Despite the fact that this dish cost $36.90, which is a fair bit for a casual lunch, there was plenty of chicken in the dish, it was well-cooked, the chips were perfectly crunchy and well salted, and the sauces and dish were presented nicely on the plate. Definitely work the money!

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Others in the group ordered a variety of things including:

Beetroot, pumpkin, goats cheese and walnut salad with grilled chicken $19.90 + $9.90 for the chicken

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Pizzas from $26.50

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The Prego Burger, $21.90

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Chicken Schnitzel with chips and salad $33.90

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Grilled chicken with side salad, $29.90

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The consensus was that Criniti’s had fantastic portions, delicious food, and great presentation. Everyone enjoyed their meals and we left there very full!

Cost

All of our meals + soft drinks came to about $310.

Rating

Overall I would rate my dining experience (out of 10):

  • Service- 6.5
  • Food- 8.5
  • Ambience- 6
  • Value – 7.5

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Thairiffic, Westfield Sydney, CBD ($)

Address: Westfield Sydney, Level 5, 188 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW

Tel: (02) 8246 7018

Website: http://thairifficnoodlebar.com.au/trnb-westfield-sydney/

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Atmosphere

As it is located in Westfield Sydney, Thairiffic is extremely busy on weekdays, especially at lunch time.

The noisy crowd, combined with the vibrating buzzers and the sizzling sounds coming out of the kitchen make for a pretty exciting environment.

Unfortunately, Thairiffic only has limited seating so the rest of the seating is in the food court, where my friend and I sat.

The atmosphere in the food court was not very exciting and it was quite difficult to find a seat. When we did find a seat, people would sort of swarm around us whenever one of us got up to get a napkin or when we touched our bags, in the hope that we were going to leave.

That said, if you go onto their website you will see that the actual seating area in the shop is quite nice and the warm reddy-pink colours make it feel quite inviting, especially on this particular gloomy day.

Service

Service was pretty minimal as we simply ordered at the counter and were given a buzzer to collect our food when it was ready.

Food

I ordered the Chilli Basil Chicken with Flat Noodles.

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Chilli Basil Chicken with Flat Noodles, $13.50

I was pleased to see a large serving on the plate with plenty of colours: green, red and browns, and lots of chicken and vegetables. The dish was visually pleasing and made my mouth water just looking at it as I was starving!

Taste-wise, it was great. Pretty spicy, but then again it was chilli basil. There was a strong basil flavour, with plenty of dried basil leaves and the noodles had a sheen of oil on them which made them slippery and easy to eat. The chicken was well cooked and the sprouts and snow peas added some crunch.

A very enjoyable dish, and I polished it all off!

Cost

The meal cost $13.50.

As Thairiffic only accepts cash, and I only had $13.20 in cash, I had to borrow $0.30 from a friend!

I found that quite a few of the food outlets in Westfields only accept cash so that is something which is a little inconvenient for those who don’t have any!

Rating

I would rate my experience (out of 10):

  • Service- 2
  • Food- 8
  • Ambience- 7
  • Value – 7

For my review of Thairiffic Double Bay, see here.

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The Cook’s Garden, Turramurra ($)

Address: 272 Bobbin Head Rd  North Turramurra NSW

Tel: (02) 9144 5086

Website: http://www.thecooksgarden.com.au/

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I had heard good things about this place and had been wanting to visit for some time.

Prowsey and I finally got the chance one Saturday afternoon as we headed up to North Turramurra to check it out.

Atmosphere

As it was the afternoon the atmosphere was pretty quiet and calm, really serene.

The interior is decorated with lots of wood panelling and neutral colours like whites and greens and you can see the little garden at the back which is a nice touch, but the front view of the street is quite boring.

The tables were nicely set up and as we were dining the waitress was preparing them up for dinner service.

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The Cook’s Garden proved to be a good spot to have a chat as apart from Prowsey and I, there were only two other ladies at the restaurant.

Service

We stepped into the little chocolate and cake shop at the front of the restaurant and waited about 5 minutes before someone came to the front of the shop to greet us.

We decided to have a tea and cake each and ordered and paid at the front counter before taking our own seats by the window.

There really wasn’t much to the service. We didn’t have any amazing waiters or friendly smiles. We just ordered, our tea and cakes were brought out and that’s it.  As we were leaving however, a friendly gentleman at the front of the shop did thank us for coming and was quite nice but other than that it was a really average experience.

Food

Prowsey and I both ordered English Breakfast teas and Persian Polenta cakes.

The Persian Polenta cakes were delicious. They were moist and very orangey, had a lovely mini-sized presentation and were slightly sticky. Delicious.

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Persian Orange Polenta Cake

While the tea was also tasty and quite nice, the cups they were served in were a little stained and chipped. Not very good presentation for a place which supposedly has a couple of Good Food Chef Hats!

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English Breakfast Tea

Cost

The tea cost $4.00.

There are a variety of cakes available at the front of the restaurant.

Rating

I would rate my experience (out of 10):

  • Service- 5.5
  • Food-  7
  • Ambience- 6.5

The Cook's Garden on Urbanspoon

Boca Argentinian Grill, Darlinghurst ($)

Address: 308-310 Liverpool Street Darlinghurst NSW

Tel: (02) 9332 3373

Website: http://www.boca.com.au

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I returned again to de Boca to try some of their other tasty offerings.

My friend, a Spanish speaker, chatted to the friendly staff and we were very pleased with the service there.

Although small and not very fancy, de Boca is popular among locals and the office crowd. We had to wait about 5-10 minutes for our food, but only because there were a few orders before us.

This time around I ordered the Lomito Roll ($5.00) -char grilled rump steak slices tossed in a garlic, parsley dresssing with aioli. The steak was cooked to perfection, pink on the inside and charred on the outside. It was tender and juicy, full of flavour and absolutely perfect with the green tangy sauce.

I also ordered some Tapioca chips with paprika seasoning ($3.00). While there was only a small serving of these large, stringy chips, it was more than enough for me as I didn’t really like the somewhat bitter flavour of the chips. The paprika seasoning didn’t do much for it either and I would have preferred some salt on it as well. My Spanish-speaking friend said one of the staff members told her they would put salt on it for us next time we came around.

Overall, a delicious and filling lunch which I really enjoyed.

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