In the 19th century, French writer Pierre Alexis Ponson du Terrail imagined a character called Rocambole, an adventurer. The word rocambolesque is one we use to describe any sort of fantastic adventure — and the Criniti’s celebration exactly that.
The Plus Ones were absorbed into Noel Nassar’s pure imagination at Criniti’s Woolloomooloo. Our realities were suspended as we were transported to a fantastical world for the evening.
Criniti’s was divided into a number of spaces. A wholesome harvest of fruits filled the long rustic wooden table as the centrepiece of the Italian Room, a scene nothing short of a still-life painting and perfect depiction of nonna’s kitchen.
In another corner was a section filled from the ceiling with bubblegum pink balloons. The space was complete with an industrial cherry-on-top, in the form of a repurposed spray painted car-engine suspended mid-air. It was a touch that was in all parts cool and possibly inconceivable – Jeff Koons would be jealous.
We walked through the velvet curtains into a lavish room designed for weddings overflowing with bouquets of flowers, golden chandeliers, clear candelabras, and luminescent candles. While the room was a bunker-esque, it worked perfectly to bounce the cool tones coming from the DJ decks which gave our plus ones a perfect transition from the table, to the bar, to the dancefloor.
As Nassar provided an indulgent feast for our eyes, Head Chef Jarreau Mason’s menu gave us a feast for our bellies with a spread of food that was a true Italian delight. The cheese boards were abundant, the antipasto tickled our fancies, the citrus was fresh, and cocktails were aplenty.
Outside, we toasted to the celebrations amongst the sparkling Sydney skyline as the smooth sounds of the jazz band filled the air on the pier. All in all, the Criniti’s celebration was a new renaissance captured in an evening that had us enthralled and spellbound.
For anyone looking for a place to host an event, Critini’s Woolloomooloo is one to definitely add to the top of your list.
Erika Ly is a photographer and explorer, a fiend for small bars, hidden spaces, and creative places. Follow her on Instagram at @erika.ly.
2/6 Cowper Wharf Rd,
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011