by - July 14, 2018

Continental brings the full European style deli dining experience to Newtown, offering a mesmerising array of fine wine, cheeses, cold cuts, and exotic canned seafood, packed in a classy two-storey Victorian terrace. While sipping a glass of cocktail you have the choice of front row seats to an artisan preparation of European delicacies at the bar, or if you prefer somewhere quiet sit upstairs in the tall-ceiling bistro area. Fancy any of the cold cuts or cheeses, they are also available for take-away from the deli.

Sourdough $3pp
The crusty sourdough was served fresh from the oven, with olive oil on the side and balsamic vinegar on request. 

Cheese & Charcuterie Plate $45
Perfect for sharing and for sampling a variety, the cheese and charcuterie plate also comes with a generous serving of cornichons, pickled chillis and olives. We liked the hot sopressa, which had a nice kick of chilli, the mortadella was soft, and the lonza had a rich and earthy taste. We also liked the brie with a soft and gooey centre, which was not as greasy as some of the ones we've had in the past. The comte was mild and creamy while the midnight moon was firm and had a goaty taste.

Quince Jelly & Crackers (came w the Cheese & Charcuterie Plate)
Steak Tartare $24
If you are a fan of steak tartare we definitely recommend this one, without a doubt it was the best we've had. The soft thinly diced beef was fresh and creamy from the shaved parmasan, and almost taste like minced tuna. The marinate was not overpowering and the capers popped in the mouth releasing a citrusy fragrance. 

Meatball & Parmigiano-Reggiano $18
We found the meatballs a bit starchy and needing more sauce. 

Fish & Chips Sandwich $18 
This certainly wasn't the fish and chips we were expecting but we have no complaints at all. On first trying the chips we were pleasantly surprised by the distinguishable beer flavour. As we munched on, we discovered that the chips in the tin tasted even better as they soaked up the essence of the fish oil while still retaining their crunch. The Spanish sardines were firm and had no fishiness at all. All the elements were individually enjoyable and when eaten together matched surprisingly well. An innovative dish perfectly executed.

Chocolate Mousse $16 
Chocolate mousse does not give this dessert justice as it does not even begin to describe the ingenuity of everything on top. We loved the quince caramel, which wasn't overly sweet, and the dehydrated olives, which added a contrasting savoury crunchiness. The pickled kumquat hidden inside also added a distinctive citrusy element.

Upstairs Dining Area
Downstairs Bar & Deli Area

Food: 7.5/10
Service: 8/10
Atmosphere: 7/10

  • Fish & Chips sandwich
  • Best steak tartare we've had
  • Chocolate mousse
  • Meatballs
  • Lunch menu is relatively restricted, visit for dinner for the full menu
Address: 210 Australia St, Newtown, NSW 2042, Australia
Hours: Mon-Thu 6pm-late
             Fri 5pm-late
             Sat 12-2:30pm, 5pm-late
             Sun 12-4:30pm, 5pm-late
             (Deli open Mon-Sun 12pm-late)
Phone: (02) 8624 3131
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