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Redfern Continental, Redfern

February 18th, 2015  |  Published in Latest, Restaurants  |  3 Comments


The team behind Arcadia Liquors has opened an all-day Euro-style diner across the road in Redfern. Not only does a visit feel like an express stop to the EU, the menu is refreshingly straight-up and gimmick-free.

The daytime offerings include Panini with Eggplant Parmigiana ($10), which is as comforting as you’d want; Chicken Schnitzel ($20) with good garlicky blocks of potatoes, a tangle of red cabbage and a spillage of mushroomy Jaegar sauce; a vego-friendly Penne Puttanesca ($14), which trades on its no-frills simplicity. A White Bean Salad ($10) with tomato, cucumber, mint and dill is exactly what it says on the box – no chia seeds, or kale croutons or anything faddish (or activated). The dinner menu is more expansive, but keeps the hearty, dressed-down feel.


There’s a bar hidden up the back called GDR, if you want to channel some pre-unified Germany flashbacks. But Redfern Continental feels like a time vault already – in a good way. Seeing a menu with Penne Arrabiata, Spaghetti Vongole and Bratwurst with Fried Potatoes and Sauerkraut feels like browsing through all the mainstream cookbooks I’d read in the 1990s – old-school and tamper-proof, unshowy yet satisfying. Everything Euro still has currency here.

Redfern Continental, 180 Redfern Street, Redfern NSW, Follow Redfern Continental on Instagram
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  1. I’m loving all the cool little dining gems popping up in Redfern, so so glad I work in the area.

  2. Garlicky blocks of potatoes has my name all over it!

  3. Andy Wallace says:

    Unexpected pleasure.
    A Friday night with good friends who all experienced a taste sensation of a new Sydney venue that finally delivered and excelled in a combination of confident, relaxed yet professional dining. Thank you for showing the way !.. Wonderful to see the expressions of joy on everyone’s face there tonight … Who appreciated not only the exceptional food but the comfortable environment experience !.. Nice work.Andrew

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