• Natalie

Crinitis, Castle Hill

Updated: Jun 9, 2018

(image credit: Crinitis)

This could well be titled A Tale of Two Crinitis. Actually, no I’m lying. We’re going to call this Two Tales of One Crinitis. #catchy

You see, here at HDF HQ we’ve had a little argument… or should we call it a discussion? A tense tête-à-tête perhaps? OK, we punched on.

Now we’ve got THAT sorted …

Two wildly conflicting experiences at Crinitis in Castle Hill. One of us (let’s just call them the “Incorrect Person”) had a bit of a soggy time of it there. Lack lustre vibe, less than spectacular meal, got the order wrong, sloooooow, slack service that only rectified the order issue after multiple requests as they were about to call for the bill. Not ideal.

Which was a complete shock to another recent Crinitis Castle Hill patron (for the sake of argument, we’ll call her the “Stunningly Genius Person”) who just had a divine time of it there on Mother’s Day of all days. It was a spectacularly busy day, it was spectacularly raining and it was spectacularly chaotic in the piazza. Yet, despite these less than fabulous conditions, service was fast and helpful. While it was packed, you could still hear some music and the person sitting across from you. The food was yummy – it’s always a winner when picky, plain eaters (ie. kids) are happy and so are people a bit more adventurous in the cuisine department. But, most importantly, ordering a quick second wine was seamless/husband didn’t notice (the only test of a great restaurant if you ask me).

Putting aside the opposing views and subsequent violence at Hills District Food over who was right, the point is of course that it is possible for a great place to have an off day and a crap place to have an unusually competent day. So, I’m thinking best out of three?

The menus are crazy extensive. I could recommend the Linguine Frank Sinatra or, if you haven’t eaten for about a week there are 3 metre wood-fire pizzas with every and any topping known to humankind. (Seriously).

If you’re thinking of a casual Saturday night nosh before the movies or taking out the fam for a bite …

Oh, and they have a Ducati in the restaurant.

(image credit: Crinitis)

Crinitis – Shop 17, The Piazza, Castle Towers, Castle Hill

Mon - Thu: 8:00AM to 10:30PM

Fri: 8:00AM to 10:30PM

Sat: 8:00AM to 11:00PM

Sun: 8:00AM to 10:00PM

1300 CRINITIS OR (02) 8026 7700

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