The Continental has steadily become a Foodie favourite this year. By day, their breakfast and brunch plates are a delicious assortment of European classics ranging from rich croque monsieur, beef and potato hash, avocado toast and oozy poached eggs. By night, their after work oysters deal keeps us coming back with free upgrades from six oysters to a dozen between five to eight o'clock! The airy, easygoing atmosphere, made even more welcoming by the attentive staff, makes The Continental a straight forward choice when it comes to a satisfying dining experience.
'Strangled Parrot' Cocktail: La Maison Fontaine Chocolat, Tanqueray, lime, basil, pepper
When The Continental team invited Foodie Club down for dinner to try their new summer menu, we jumped at the chance. Always eager to share his passion for cocktails, Timothee, the bar manager, created a selection of Absinthe cocktails for the occasion. We arrived to find him equipped with a full rollie finger moustache and Absinthe drips at the ready. After a few of his chocolate flavoured Absinthe cocktails perfumed with a hint of basil, lime and black pepper, we learned the history behind this infamous spirit. Outlawed until 2007, Absinthe was the poor man's drink in 19th century France, before being labelled incorrectly as an addictive psychoactive drug and banned. Since legalisation, the spirit's popularity has slowly risen, and The Continental has been aiding this revival with its list of fantastic cocktail mixes and flavoured Absinthe drips.
Sitting down to the summer menu, we ate our way through a sumptuous salad topped with foie gras and ceps, a light and refreshing scallop ceviche, before moving on to griddled mackerel fillets over cucumber, apples and pea shoots. Summer is certainly in full bloom with each dish embellished with fresh herbs and greens.
Scallop Ceviche with chilli and lime
Peppered Margret of duck with spinach and cherries
The flavourful margret of duck arrived seared to a perfect blush, accompanied by wilted spinach and plump cherries. Despite our fullness, we couldn't resist the apricot soufflés, pillowy soft and served with a side of almond ice cream which balanced out the sweetness of the apricot jam. The chocolate tart came encased in a dangerously addictive shortcrust, while the bountiful cheese plates proved too alluring to resist.
Apricot soufflé with almond ice cream
Cheese plate with fig jam and pickled cherries
We highly recommend a visit to The Continental before the end of summer. Whether for breakfast, dinner or a bite in-between, expect nothing less than brilliant food in an inviting environment with immaculate and attentive service.
The Continental, Unit 406, L4 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, 2704 5211
Photo credit: Chandni Chotrani