By Matt Goldstein
When my cousin asked me to meet her and some friends at the Continental in mid town last year, I was completely apprehensive. Immediately I just thought it was a trendy yuppie tourist trap and was always too crowded. After all, something that draws a crowd can’t be good right? I’m a genius, what can I say. I’ve been walking past the Continental in Old City for more than 15 years but never did more than just walk through it once very quickly. I might have had one drink there about 5 years ago but I cannot be sure. Anyway, as soon as we began eating the food I was immediately a fan and it was literally after the first few bites of an appetizer. First, their French fries are absolutely amazing, and literally a thing of beauty. These are probably the thinnest French Fries I have ever seen and the spicy mustard for the French fries is outstanding. Then it was onto the grilled baby octopus with spinach, Greek herb vinaigrette and pita. I only had grilled octopus once before but will order it every time I’m at the Continental, no question. The meat was soft, tender and the sauce was subtle, not overbearing. It was perfectly prepared.
A little more than a year later, my cousin decided to have her rehearsal dinner at the Old City location. This past Friday night we had the entire back room to ourselves, with lots of room and an open bar. Have you ever tried a cheesesteak egg roll? I would make reservations at the Continental for that alone. Seriously! Let’s break down the entire menu:
Shoe String Fries with Spicy Mustard: excellent
Grilled Baby Octopus: excellent
Cheesesteak Egg Rolls: excellent
Hummus & Pita: excellent
Our Israeli native cousins claim it was the best hummus they’ve had outside of Israel.
Wasabi Mashed Potatoes: very good
Meat Kofta Sticks: good
It’s kind of like an Indian style meatloaf but we didn’t try the dipping sauce
Spinach Ravioli: good
Teriyaki Filet Mignon: good
If I were to order a filet, it would be without any sauce because I want to taste the steak, not the sauce, however, this filet was still very tender and had good flavor.
Chilean Sea Bass with Peanut Sauce: excellent
Radna Thai Chicken Salad: good
Flying Fish Abbey Dubbel on tap: excellent choice by the sommelier
Chocolate Martini: good
I know, you think it’s a girl’s drink. Just try one.
Ultimat Vodka Martini: terrible!
Ultimat Vodka is totally overrated and over priced. It tasted like paper and had no bite.
Chopin Vodka Martini: excellent
Chopin was recommended by the bartender…
Gin Martini with a Cucumber: excellent
Someone told us this is a signature drink of the Continental but I can’t be sure.
The Astronaut: Sari’s favorite drink
For the rehearsal dinner, the staff was great and very easy going. The bartenders recommended great drinks, joked around with us all night and even let us invent some drinks of our own. The General Tso is coming soon to Whiskey Goldmine. It was a great atmosphere with great food, great drinks, great friends and family. The exclamation point on the night of the rehearsal dinner was what is now being described as “the incident.” It is being hailed as “so amazing that it might have overshadowed the entire wedding.” “The incident” is also coming soon to Whiskey Goldmine. Congrats to Sari & Kevin for a beautiful wedding on Saturday. And yes, the bride and groom took some friends and family back to the Continental on Sunday night for one last party. Thanks for the invite ya jerks!