THE CONTINENTAL CAFE
Brisbane, Queensland

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Have a Tuscan affair in leafy, suburban New Farm at The Continental Cafe and restaurant where the classic flavours of Europe are served up within a familial environment. The menu is divided up into an ever-changing list of light meals, main courses and side dishes, plus there's a small list of "continental classics", which are regular favourites like soy lime chicken breast and aged Black Angus striploin.
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General info

Address:

21 Barker Street
New Farm QLD 4005

Suburb:

New Farm

Contact:

Cuisine:

European, Modern Australian

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$

License:

Fully Licensed (no BYO)

More info

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Just around the corner from the Brunswick and Annie Street nexus of some of Brisbane's most popular eateries is one of the better-kept European secrets of the Brisbane dining scene. Run by the capable hands of Beau Downs and Oliver Markart, The Continental Cafe calls itself "New Farm's favourite dining room" and embodies that statement in the most familial sense of the word. With a warm colour scheme and traditional wooden furniture, surrounded by prints of famous oils by the old masters, you could be sitting in an old maison in the Spanish hills or provincial France. The ad hoc floor plan adds to the effect with converted retail space lending itself to cosy private spaces, perfect for small groups or romantic interludes.

Led by chef Downs, the congenial open kitchen creates a simple, unfussy classic cuisine that is so fashionable right now – but this dining room has been serving it for years. Taking advantage of the locally produced ingredients, the restaurant runs a constantly changing specials board; the menu itself is primarily influenced by Italian, Spanish and French flavours with the odd Pacific flourish to keep you on your toes. Highlights include an osso bucco served on saffron risotto with citrus gremolata and a risotto aux fruits de mer which is positively bursting with fresh, locally caught seafood. It would be wrong to not mention the extensive desserts menu which offers no less than 13 different sweets from cinnamon-roasted poached pears to an apple beignet (French doughnut). With an amazing space free from pretense or snootiness, and a menu that makes the most of amazing produce, The Continental Cafe will speak volumes for your taste – both literally and aesthetically.
Nicholas Wong

Specials & Events

This restaurant has not scheduled any event.

Functions

FUNCTION MENU
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MAX SEATING
70 pax

Features

Bar / Wine Bar
Breakfast
Late Night Dining
Live Music / Entertainment
Outdoor Dining
Parking
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Pre Theatre
Suitable for Weddings
AWARDS
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brisgirl - 1/07/2012
I took a friend to dinner at Continental last night - a first visit for both of us and it was absolutely beautiful. On a very busy Saturday night, the service was impeccable and the food was sensational. We had bruschetta for entree, the signature chicken dish and fish of the day for mains and shared a belgian chocolate tart for dessert. The portions were very generous and the complimentary champagne given after a slight wait for our table was much appreciated. I could not fault a single thing and absolutely recommend for anyone looking for a quality meal without the pretense that so often goes with dining out these days. We will be back!!