It’s been some time now since the European Oktoberfest of Munich has been brought forward into warmer weather. And our own little bit of Europe on Broadway has kicked off their Oktoberfest too. While I haven’t been to Oktoberfest, travels to Austria and Eastern Europe gave me my first taste of beer – it was pints of wheat beer to be accurate. So it was time to reminisce and transport myself with beer, pretzels, sausages and slow roasted pork knuckle. Did I mention dessert or the Schnapps? What European feast would be replete without Apple Streudel. And the creme brulee from the tasting platter is one of the best I’ve had in a long time.
It’s been a few years since I’ve been to Essen (then called Una’s) and nothing much has changed. Friendly service, big hearty portions, and a nice selection of beers.
Our picks of the night were the pork knuckle which had been roasted overnight. The sausage platter was shared and a large portion which while listed as an entree could have been a meal in itself.
The entrees also offers cured salmon, salads, Swiss garlic bread with Gruyere cheese and smoked paprika, and a step back in time with crumbed King Island camembert and crumbed button mushrooms (we love ‘em!). There’s a whole page of schnitzels from which to choose and the filling mains also dish up duck that has been oven roasted overnight, crispy skinned pork belly, gulash (beef stew with paprika) or a vegetarian ragout. The prize is the a Jaeger platte (for 2) with prok belly, wild boar sausage, Csabai, duck leg, black pudding and venison cabbage roll, served with sauerkraut, bread dumpling, roesti and jus. We’ll be back again for that last one.
On our latest visit, it seemed this charming establishment was frequented mostly by locals. Given the food is tasty and great value, I was surprised that there weren’t more people making a stop-off at this end of Broadway. When I mention Essen to friends it always brings cheers of enthusiasm, particularly from the meat loving boys.
Essen restaurant & beer café
133-135 Broadway, Ultimo Sydney Australia
+61 2 9211 3805