So many people have told me how wonderful the Italian Continental Bakery is in Mawson, especially for cronuts, Italian donuts and connoli. When I heard that they also serve breakfast and lunch, I thought I would check it out for this week’s hot spot.
You can definitely tell that this bakery is owned by old school Italians. It immediately reminded me of my own Nonna.
The display cabinet is almost as wide as the shop and is filled with all different kind of pastries, from savoury to sweet. Almost everything is filled with custard too. I was like a kid in a candy store. I’ll take one of everything thanks!
I had to remind myself that I was there for breakfast and I should probably eat something substantial before stuffing myself full of goodness.
We picked up some menus off the counter and sat down. Mike decided to have the eggs benny ($17.90) and I just couldn’t go past the mushroom bruschetta ($13.90) , which I was going to add a side of crispy bacon too.
I jumped up and went over to the counter to order. I asked for eggs Benedict with avocado and the mushroom bruschetta with crispy bacon.
When I asked the waitress to add bacon, she said, “Sorry, but we don’t do sides!”
I was confused, she had just allowed me to add avocado to the eggs Benedict but refused to ask the chef to cook up a couple extra pieces of bacon. What? If I can have avocado, then I should be able to have bacon?! Right?! Right!!
I ended up changing my mind completely and went for the big breakfast.
When it came out, however, I’m not sure that I would call it a big breakfast. On a positive note, the mushrooms were salted and the bacon was crispy. Mike didn’t mind his eggs benny but it definitely wasn’t anything special.
We decided to order some pastries to take away – which honestly ended up being the best part of the whole experience. Their pastries are winners – the rest needs a bit of work.
The Italian Continental Bakery & Cafe is located at Shop 1, Mawson Place, Mawson and is open Monday to Friday 7:30am – 5:30pm and on weekends between 08:00am and 3:30pm