I am an academic and writer living in Melbourne. I love to travel and I also love writing about all the things Melbourne, regional Victoria and other parts of Australia have to offer.
Published September 8th 2017
Oh That Bread and Cheese and So Much More
In the cool and eclectic suburb of Newtown lies The Continental Deli Bar, a somewhat hidden gem of a bar, cafe, and restaurant for lunch or dinner. It has a welcoming and warm atmosphere, delicious food, friendly staff and fabulous music playing to top it all off. It's the sort of place that Melbourne does really well but is a bit more difficult to find in Sydney.
Located in the vicinity of the Newtown Fire Station, Police Station, and Courthouse, it is a tiny detour from King Street, the main street which runs through Newtown. There are a couple of tables outside for those balmy Sydney nights and the view through the windows attests to an atmospheric inside. With hanging hams, garlic and chilies, cheese in display cabinets and Italian tins of exotic seafood you know you have walked into an authentic food haven.
Order some lunch to have at the bar and watch the passers by, inside and out. There are cheese and charcuterie platters, sandwiches or delicious tinned fish and sardines. Check out the huge cheese selection . The sourdough bread is truly out of this world! I cannot accurately describe how wonderful this bread is, you just have to taste it. Baked on the premises, thick slices of the dark crispy exterior with the most divine soft, warm inside, this bread will keep you going back (luckily, or perhaps not, I live in Melbourne so can avoid the temptation).
A pre-dinner cocktail, choose it here, will set you up for a delicious dinner of shared plates, small or bigger, that can be eaten at the bar downstairs or upstairs in the Bistro. There are interesting dishes and flavours, but the underlying theme is of an Italian and Continental Delicatessen where you can eat food that is visible, authentic, fresh and made with love. And if you really like the products you can take them home.