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


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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.


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.


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 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.


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!



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


Pizzas from $26.50


The Prego Burger, $21.90


Chicken Schnitzel with chips and salad $33.90


Grilled chicken with side salad, $29.90


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


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


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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The Lowenbrau Keller, The Rocks Sydney ($$)

Address: Cnr Playfair & Argyle Streets  The Rocks NSW

Tel: (02) 9247 7785


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Wednesday night brought MDS, Mattycakes, Nic and I to Circular Quay for the Vivid Sydney Festival. Vivid is a festival that comes on once a year, where the City of Sydney lights up in colours, lasers, shows and neon art installations.


Me and the gang- inside a light tunnel near CQ

The main events are the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge (of course), but there are smaller shows, cruises and events on around this time as well.


We headed to Jafe’s Jaffles for some pre-dinner snackage whilst enjoying the view from near the bridge.



After checking out the lights and brights of Vivid we were starving and decided to head over to the Lowenbrau as Mattycakes wanted a schnitty.

The Lowenbrau is a cute pub-style Bavarian restaurant with lively music indoors and long wooden tables outdoors.


The stone interior and dim lighting make it look very cosy and warm and definitely somewhere inviting in winter!


There was a bit of a line to get in the restaurant and we waited about 5-10 minutes before getting a table outside. The table was a squeeze to get into as the benches were quite close to the table and difficult to manouevre in a skirt!

Service was very very poor. It was a long while before we got to make an order, it was extremely difficult getting their attention when we wanted a drink or the bill, and when we Mattycakes did order a drink it took ages for it to come out.


Mattycakes ordered the …I’m not even going to attempt to say it out loud…”Knuspriger Schweinebauch”, which was roast pork belly with a beer sauce, sauteed potatoes and braised red cabbage. We all tried a bit and thought it was great as the dish was well presented and the pork was soooo soft and melted in your mouth. The crackling was extremely crunchy and well salted- delicious


Nic and I ordered the  “Huhnchenschnitzel”  which was served with chips and herbed mayo. The schnitzel was a little thick and not very crispy, while the the chips were a tad soggy and quite a small portion.


MDS ordered the “Zigeunerschnitzel”- chicken schnitzel on creamy mashed potatoes, spicy gypsy sauce & side salad.


Overall, my first Lowenbrau experience was pretty average. Service was not very good, food was OK (with the exception of Pork Belly which was delicious), and the prices were quite steep for average food.


My meal came to $33.00 including a small lemon lime and bitters.


I would rate my experience (out of 10):

  • Service- 3.5
  • Food- 6.5
  • Ambience-7.5
  • Value –6.75

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Some more Vivid Pics:

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