With its trendy café feel and quality ingredients D'Continental bakery has succeeded in turning the humble Lebanese pizza into trendy café food.
If you can find your way to Oatley West, then you simply must try this new Lebanese bakery and café. Although it's been open for barely a month, it's easy to see why the locals have so readily welcomed D'Continental to their quaint Mulga Road strip.
We visited D'Continental on a chilly Sunday morning and were readily welcomed by the friendly staff. We had the kiddies along and although it was a tight squeeze we managed to fit the four of us (including a high chair) at one of their square tables. Best of all there was not an annoyed waiter in sight as can often happen when you walk into a trendy café with little kids in tow.
The signature dishes at D'Continental are definitely their authentic Lebanese pizzas. Baked fresh to order, the smell alone is enough to make your mouth water. After a quick look at the menu (because time is not on your side with small children), we settled on an order of the Zaatar pizza, an absolute bargain at $2.20, and the Zaatar pizza with labne.
Admittedly it took a bit of time to get our meals and the kids were getting antsy but when they hit the table even our food-hating toddler was impressed! The Zaatar pizzas were first to arrive and were simply delicious. Served on a wooden pastry board, they tasted as amazing as they looked. The base was thin and cooked to perfection and the Zaatar herbs and spices were mouth-watering.
Soon after the Zaatar pizza with labne made its appearance and I could see why their pizza maker wouldn't be rushed along. He had produced a work of art…seriously just look at the top photo! This zaatar pizza was a delicious combination of labne, rocket, olives and tomatoes. At $6.50 I was impressed with the value given the quality ingredients and generous servings.
D'Continental also serves other café fare such as baguettes and pastries. They also stock an impressive array of herbs, nuts and spices as well as a boutique selection of cold meats, cheese and olives. There are so many more things that I'd like to try that a second visit is definitely in the making.
My only criticisms are if you're in a hurry you'll be disappointed, because it took quite sometime to make the pizzas to order (however, the food was definitely worth the wait) and it was also a tad difficult to navigate our way through the closely positioned tables.
I later found out that they have a chalkboard to entertain the kiddies in their back courtyard so D'Continental definitely get my vote for being family friendly. Oh and in case you're wondering, the coffee was quite good too.