Continental Delicatessen, Newtown – old Sydney done well!

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I love the restaurants of Ben Milgate, Joe Valore and Elvis Abrahanowic -, they are my favourites in Sydney – Porteno, Bodega and my favourite in Sydney so far….Stanbuli

What you dependably get is a good time!

Theatre, pizazz and waitstaff full of personality.

But each restaurant has its on distant theme.

Portenos is Argentinian and spit roasted meats. Stanbuli is middle eastern meyheme bar!

Continental Deli is European old Sydney.

It captures the strong influence of European immigration on Australian colonial-style cuisine.

It’s like a family owned Old Sydney corner store full of continental meats, cheeses and tinned fish.

 

It fondly takes me back to Uni days in Newtown and I love the feel of happy memories.

But it Continental takes it’s theme to a new level, adding great style and chic.

A cross between a deli and a bar there’s an…

Upstairs bistro but like Stanbuli…

…the downstairs bar is so much more fun.

Having regretted not choosing the chef’s menu at Stanbuli, it’s on my Wishlist for 2017 at Continental Deli.

For $65 per person it’s good value, offers dishes I wouldn’t have chosen for myself that I loved and surprisingly is not too much food.

Continental sourdough & olive oil – per person $3.50 is an extra, but boy is it worth it.

The platter of meats was surprisingly excellent with the Hot sopressa, Jamón serrano and thinly sliced Mortadella (really good!!)

I was not as much a fan of the fish plates…

Don bocarte anchovies with pickles

Raw kingfish, finger lime, curry leaf oil and bottarga

Really good were the…

Steak tartare, parmesan, gaufrette potatoes

Heirloom tomatoes, pickled green tomatoes, stracciatella, grilled sourdough

Octopus, sobrasada, corn and jalapeno

Roasted chicken with pot-au-feu vegetables

Fantastic was the Strawberries, fennel seed caramel & creme anglaise – a wonderful way to finish!

It was a memorably great meal!

Looking forward to a return visit!

 

Continental Deli Bar and Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Black Market Coffee Roasters – a very handy spot to know on Enmore Road!

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Black Market Coffee Roasters are new to Enmore Road and just a few minutes walk away from The Urban Hotel.

Perfect for a quick coffee or light brekkie I had flagged it for my next visit.

The crumpets with honey, marscapone, mint, summer fruits and nut butter $12 were top on my list.

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As I waited I enjoyed one of their very popular coffees and watched the locals drop by to pick up theirs.

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The crumpets arrived and were beautiful, but sadly not house-made as the prep area is tiny.

Next visit I’ve got my eye on the fig and cranberry fruit toast, a bargain at just $4.50 sourced from the Bourke Street Bakery’s Bread and Butter project – an artisan bakery and also Australia’s first social enterprise bakery with 100% of profits being reinvested into baker training and employment pathways for refugees and asylum seekers.

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I’ll be back!

Black Market Roasters Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato