Continental Treat Fine Bistro Gluten Free
By YP Contributor

Family-Run, Traditional European Bistro

Traditional old-world charm fills the air at Continental Treat Fine Bistro on Whyte Avenue. Family-run since 1982 by the Borówka family, this welcoming spot consistently provides Edmonton’s diners with high quality traditional European fare and great service. “We really try to give great service,” says Sylvester Borówka, who co-owns Continental Treat Fine Bistro with his parents Ryszard and Helena Borówka. “Through the years we have created what I call loyalists. These are customers who prefer to come to our restaurant over anywhere else and now their children and even their grandchildren are coming in.”

Sylvester says the family has worked hard to build their reputation. They started with a humble seven-table restaurant, but in just five years were able to expand. “I’m proud of our restaurant,” says Sylvester. “We always want our guests to feel welcome and to enjoy their meals.”

To go that extra mile you have to really put in the research and effort. For me, it’s very important, because I want to provide a special experience for our customers. - Sylvester Borówka, owner

Fresh Food from Scratch

Sylvester notes that while trends may come and go, he and his family strive to maintain the old-world charm they have cultivated at the Continental Treat Fine Bistro despite being located along the fashionable Whyte Avenue. “Walking into our restaurant is like walking into a bistro in France or Germany. Some diners may be more accustomed to the trendy chain restaurants, but others love the old European charm. We want to keep that feeling of a European bistro.”

Sylvester’s family is a mainstay of the community. His mother and father can be seen buying fresh, local produce daily, because high quality food is a trademark of the Continental Treat Fine Bistro. “Everything is made fresh and from scratch,” beams Sylvester. “There is nothing pre-made.”

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Home of Rare Beers

The bistro is also well known for its large selection of beer. One hundred and sixty beers are available here, each one intensively researched to make sure the best choices are represented from around the world. “We may not have the biggest beer selection,” notes Sylvester, “but what we concentrate on are the best traditional beers that are out there.” Some of the traditional beers include the hard-to-find Trappist Ales, which are brewed by just nine monasteries in the world, and exclusive labels like Westvleteran, which is so rare it is sold only at the monastery itself. To get it, Sylvester makes the trip to Belgium himself to pick up the award-winning beer that some have called the best in the world.

“It’s the drive within us,” explains Sylvester. “To go that extra mile you have to really put in the research and effort. For me, it’s very important, because I want to provide a special experience for our customers.”

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