As far as food in Brisbane goes, you could say that Mexican, American and gyoza are among the buzz-trends of the moment. These are undoubtedly fantastic additions to what Brisbane has to offer, but it can be all too easy to overlook the classics during such a surge of the new and exciting. The Continental Cafe in New Farm has been giving Brisbane a taste of Europe for close to two decades, and it's not stopping any time soon.
Inside you’ll find a warm, cosy dining room being tended by excellent waitstaff. Don’t be afraid to ask for a recommendation when it comes to food and wine; they're more than happy to help and they know their stuff.
The food selection includes a collection of 'Continental Classics', along with seasonal specials. The focus is on simple, honest dishes, brilliantly executed. With generous servings and bold flavours, this is true comfort food.
If there is one menu item that you absolutely must not miss, it's the twice-baked goat's cheese souffle ($21.90). Rest assured the calories are absolutely worth it. Fluffy on the inside, crisp on top, and swimming in a thick cheese sauce, it's the ultimate death-by-cheese experience. You might want to balance the cheesiness out with a fresh and tasty serve of bruschetta ($13.50).
The roast veal ($28.90) is a decadent, heaped serving of perfectly cooked meat, buttery smoked potato mash, sauteed mushrooms and deeply flavoursome gravy. It's a dish you could almost climb into — the perfect winter warmer for a chilly night. The seafood risotto ($27.50) consists of a rich, tomato-based sauce thickened with cream; it is bursting with fish, squid, and mussels. For dessert, your eyes won't want to wander past their classic creme brulee: creamy vanilla custard with a perfectly caramelised top ($12).
The Continental Cafe is a New Farm institution and holds its own against other restaurants both new and old. With beautiful food, excellent service and a welcoming atmosphere, it’s a great destination for a date, a casual dinner with friends, or a function.