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Scotley Innis, chef and proprietor on the Continent, has labored at a string of Atlanta eating places and appeared on the Fox TV present “Hell’s Kitchen.” Mia Yakel for The AJC

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Credit score: Mia Yakel

After leaving 5Church, and earlier than opening the Continent, Innis ran a well-liked pandemic pop-up, and launched a ghost kitchen in Midtown, referred to as Scotch Yard, the place he explored twists on Jamaican flavors. Scotch Yard remains to be up and working, and the Continent menu expands on lots of these concepts, Innis defined.

“Jamaican cooking has influences from everywhere in the world, India, Africa, Asia, and I wished to showcase what we’ve discovered from these influences on a extra elevated degree,” he stated. “An ideal instance is the Oxtail Lo Mein. Braised oxtail with rice and peas is conventional in Jamaican delicacies. However it gels with Asian flavors, like soy sauce braised oxtail, and completes a complete totally different dish.”

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A dish that shows chef Scotley Innis mixing worldwide influences is the Continent's Fried Whole Snapper with red coconut curry sauce and Szechuan vegetables. Mia Yakel for The AJC

A dish that exhibits chef Scotley Innis mixing worldwide influences is the Continent’s Fried Complete Snapper with purple coconut curry sauce and Szechuan greens. Mia Yakel for The AJC

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Credit score: Mia Yakel

One other providing that signifies how Innis has been looking out the worldwide roots of African-Caribbean cooking is his Fried Complete Snapper, served with purple coconut curry sauce and Szechuan greens. Usually, it’s cooked escovitch model, with pickled onions and peppers. However in his model, it’s expanded with Asian components.

“It nonetheless has the spice from the purple curry, however then it has coconut milk, together with the Szechuan greens, zucchini, peppers and Asian child bok choy, to spherical out that dish,” Innis stated.

Pan Seared Salmon with Scotch bonnet beurre blanc and callaloo gnocchi has been probably the most well-liked dishes, up to now. Perhaps as a result of, as Innis put it, it has just a little little bit of every little thing.

“There’s the Italian affect with the gnocchi,” he stated. “However contained in the gnocchi you have got the callaloo, which is the Jamaican spinach, together with the French beurre blanc. It’s a buttery sauce. However it has that Scotch bonnet trace of warmth from the Caribbean, together with pimento, recent thyme, shallots, garlic, white wine, and white vinegar. There’s additionally charred roasted corn, together with child carrots.”

The Continent's Cassava Au Gratin side dish is shown with the Stush Martini, made with rum, dry vermouth, white cranberry juice, and fresh lime juice and served with an orchid flower-infused ice ball. (Mia Yakel for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The Continent’s Cassava Au Gratin aspect dish is proven with the Stush Martini, made with rum, dry vermouth, white cranberry juice, and recent lime juice and served with an orchid flower-infused ice ball. (Mia Yakel for The Atlanta Journal-Structure)

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Credit score: Mia Yakel

Along with the menu, the area, which was as soon as an Asian bakery, stands out as one thing totally different — particularly in distinction to most of the mom-and-pop eating places on Buford Freeway. And the bar program, from Mike Haze of Crimson Telephone Sales space, provides subtle home cocktails — together with the Stush Martini, combined with rum and served with an orchid flower-infused ice ball, and the coconut rum Continent Punch, offered in a flaming coconut shell.

House cocktails include the Continent Punch, made with coconut rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, fresh lime juice, and grenadine. (Mia Yakel for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Home cocktails embrace the Continent Punch, made with coconut rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, recent lime juice, and grenadine. (Mia Yakel for The Atlanta Journal-Structure)

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Credit score: Mia Yakel

“We wished to make it welcoming, the place you’ll be able to sit again, loosen up, and luxuriate in a pleasant cocktail, and an impressive dish together with it,” Innis stated. “And we wished to be one of many first to convey extra of that tremendous eating really feel to Buford Freeway. A spot the place you would convey your loved ones, or convey your spouse for a date evening. That’s why we got here up with the restaurant on one aspect and the cigar lounge on the opposite aspect.”

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The Continent has a cigar bar as well as a restaurant. (Mia Yakel for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The Continent has a cigar bar in addition to a restaurant. (Mia Yakel for The Atlanta Journal-Structure)

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Credit score: Mia Yakel

DINING OUT

5 p.m.-midnight Tuesdays-Thursdays; 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 5 p.m.-midnight Sundays.

Reservations inspired. Enterprise informal gown code. Staff put on masks. Temperature verify previous to entry and masks when not seated.

4300 Buford Freeway, Atlanta. 404-228-2027, thecontinentatlanta.com.

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