Continental Flambé sits at the beginning of East New Haven in historic downtown Melbourne, Florida. I had been eyeing this restaurant for a very long time because it has lovely curb appeal and I liked the European menu choices. Continental Flambé closes after lunch, at 2PM, and reopens for dinner, at 5PM. I was excited to finally arrive before the lunchtime cut off one day and I had my sights set on crepes for lunch.
** please note that the Continental Flambé closed for business in July 2016.
What We Had: My friend Ronda ordered the Mahi-Mahi wrap (with avocado and Thai chili glaze) and I chose the Calvados crepes (chicken, apples, walnuts in Calvados cream sauce). My crepe came with the soup-of-the-day, tomato with brie, which was very basic and I did not taste anything other than tomatoes.
Something Special: We ordered the artichoke fritters for an appetizer. The $7 portion was small (4 tiny sized pieces) but the taste was excellent. Artichokes stuffed with cream cheese, rolled in crumbs, deep fried, and then dotted with Cajun remoulade. I had never eaten them before, but I would recommend them.
Noteworthy: The restaurant is decorated nicely and everything appeared to be clean and orderly. Continetnal Flambé has a fantastic selection of wines and dessert menu. Though I did not try anything, the Cherries Jubilee and crepes Suzette caught my eye.
Best Part of the Meal: The Calvados crepe was something that I had never heard of and I really enjoyed the blend of flavors in the sauce. It paired nicely with the apples and walnuts. Calvados cream sauce is made from Calvados (a type of French brandy), apple cider, shallots, heavy cream, and butter.
Bonus: Prices at Continental Flambé are very affordable.
What Needs Improvement: Continental Flambé appears to be well past its prime and has a boring atmosphere to it. Our waitress was unprofessional and not proficient in serving this style of food, nor did she seem to care. The staff was running back and forth from the kitchen in the back of the restaurant to the bar area in the front, struggling, and it was both apparent and distracting to the guests. There was no flow for the employees at all. Our waitress did not have change, nor any way to make change for the guests. Perhaps the owner should consider investing some time and strategy for this restaurant because it is located on prime downtown Melbourne property. I am surprised it has lasted this long with things as confusing as they were.
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936 E. New Haven Avenue
Melbourne, Florida 32901
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