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Essen Restaurant

Ultimo German $$$ +100
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About Essen Restaurant

Das schmeckt! at Essen Restaurant in Sydney’s Ultimo. Serving up northern and western European cuisine – think German, Austrian, and Dutch – Essen Restaurant provides schnitzel, sausages, proper beer and delicious wines to local food connoisseurs looking to add a bit of that old-world culture to their lives. Situated on Broadway close to University of Technology, Sydney and walking distance to Victoria Park, Essen Restaurant is a must-visit European restaurant.

Check out Essen Restaurant’s food and beverage menus here!

Opening Hours

  • Monday 17:00 - 21:00
  • Tuesday 17:00 - 21:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:00 - 21:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:00 - 21:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday 17:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday 17:00 - 21:00
Essen Restaurant, Broadway 133-135 , 2007 Sydney

Further Information

Grab your lederhosen and your feathered hat and step right up to Essen Restaurant on Broadway in Sydney’s Ultimo. This is the ultimate spot for drinking some of Sydney’s best European beers hailing from Germany, Belgium, Hungary and Austria, as well as expertly brewed craft beer from an organic farm in Tasmania. More of a wine lover? Essen’s got you covered, featuring red and white wines from Australia and around the world.

The food at Essen Restaurant deserves an essay all on its own. Meat lovers will adore what’s in store for them – hearty European mains like pork belly, beef goulash, pork knuckle, Wiener schnitzel and chicken schnitzel only scratch the surface of what’s on offer. Vegetarians, worry not, the mushroom spaetzle, an Austrian pasta made with garlic, onion, a medley of fresh mushrooms, cream and gruyere cheese, will keep you as satisfied as the meat eaters. Essen Restaurant is hugely popular in Sydney’s Ultimo, so a reservation in advance is highly advised!

CHEF'S CHOICE

329 Reviews

5.0 /6 Excellent 329 Reviews
Waiting Time: short
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Service: friendly
Quality/Price: cheap
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2 reviews so far 6
25.06.2017 17:33

Great food if you are after German cuisine or beer. German pasta is very good, sauerkraut and red cabbage as well. And the beer, of course.

1 review so far 6
23.06.2017 12:02

Hearty and delicious German far, in a large, bustling restaurant. Excellent selection of bier and wein and you can't go past the delicious (and massive) pork knuckle. Danke!

1 review so far 6
02.06.2017 20:21

Great food and service. The meals were Nice big meals and the Cernovar beer was tasty. I had the goulash and definitely no complaints here.

1 review so far 6
01.06.2017 15:58

Very nice & authentic German food! The whole menu is unbelievably nice, affordable & tasty. My regards to the Chef & all staff that makes the Restaurant atmosphere friendly & attractive! The German/ Austrian beer is fantastic & you need to try it out to believe! I recommend this beautiful restaurant to all my friends & to anyone and give 5***** stars overall for authenticity, services & great food ! Kind regards, Nelly

1 review so far 6
14.05.2016 21:41

We had a fabulous date night at Essen Restaurant. The food was absolutely delicious, and the service was excellent, friendly yet professional! The pork crackling entree is warm, crunchy and deliciously light, the pulled pork spätzle reminded me of my late grandmother's cooking. The pork sausages with the sauerkraut were divine and the giant 1 litre beer from th tap was beautiful. I was also happy to see absinthe on the menu, which I love, and it was served perfectly, with care!

6 reviews so far 4
14.08.2016 14:51

Atmosphere: 4/6 Had a very nice vibe to the place with the hardwood and stone bricks. Felt a bit of the German flavour. Does get noisy when the restaurant is nearing capacity as it is a cozy place. Staff: 5.5/6 Well-dressed and courteous. Asked to 'surprise us' with the beer selection and wasn't disappointed with their choices. Food: 4.5/6 Had the Pork Crackling as a starter and it was good. the crackling was cut into chips and served with a side of baked apple puree that was refreshing and complimenting, yum. Also got the Meat Platter for 2 which came with the Beef Goulash, Cheese Cransky, Weisswurst, Sauerkraut, Pork Belly, Chicken Schnitzel, Lamb Shoulder and Rosti. The Beef Goulash was overcooked and felt tough. Cheese Cransky and Weisswurst were my personal favourites. Take care with cutting the Cheese Cransky as it can cause some of the cheese to squirt out. The Sauerkraut was a little to citrusy for my liking and the Pork Belly was good but nothing special. I'm not a fan of Chicken Schnitzel but didn't mind this one and the Lamb Shoulder was well cooked. Rosti was crisp but lacked impact.

1 review so far 6
11.11.2015 18:44

After twice trying to drop by being told they were booked out, I pre-booked Essen on Quandoo, so when we turned up they were expecting us. We were welcomed and service was quick and friendly. I asked the waiter for a recommendation as I hadn't been there before and he recommended their pulled pork German "pasta" dish. (I can't remember the real name for it). It was delicious and I ate every morsel, it was so yummy. (I'm tiny so was too full to try dessert after). My partner had the sausage tasting plate featuring 4 different sausages which he enjoyed as well. We will definitely revisit. Was pleasant atmosphere, very popular (every table full) and the other dishes looked great too.

1 review so far 6
09.04.2017 17:54

I recommend this restaurant for large gatherings- I had a reservation for 10 people and stayed there for 2-3 hours without feeling the need to leave. I booked thru' Quandoo and there was no problem whatsoever getting a reservation. The staff were helpful and always attentive to our orders. I ordered the pork knuckle which was $32. It tasted amazing and it was unbelievably huge. i had to divide up my dish with another person. Great bargain i reckon. The beer tastes incredible and i dont consider myself a beer drinker but when it comes to German beer i always make an exception.

1 review so far 5
27.01.2017 07:50

Excellent range of Boutique Beers as well as imported Beers from other countries. The best Pork Knuckle crackling and the meat was flavoursome. That being said, the Meat is tastier at another German Restaurant. It was good to see the menu slightly more open than other German competitors which makes you feel inclined to order a different dish awarding yourself with a beautiful change. Portions are very big, yet beautiful to the Diner and I enjoyed the experience as it was German with the most gentle professional twist. I would definitely go back and it was beautiful to see real Vanilla Bean in the Brûlée.

1 review so far 5
07.12.2015 06:31

The staff were very friendly, warning us the servings are large and helped us choose our orders. The Pea & Ham soup was nice but a bit over salty so I couldn't finish it. The staff asked the reason, went straight to warn the kitchen, then offered a replacement - a very nice touch which we declined. The Pork Knucke we had as main was better than at others restaurants we tried - juicy inside and crunchy outside. I loved the Black Forest Mousse Cake, creamy and light. I even bought an extra one to take home!

1 review so far 5
19.08.2016 23:38

Service was good. Short waiting time for food, although this could be attributable to the fact that we arrived just after 5 pm, when the Restaurant opens for dinner. The food on offer is mostly authentic German fare and is nicely presented. We only had mains, as we only had an hour before going to an event, and the portions being reasonably this was more than adequate to keep us going. We intend to go again for an evening meal out so we can try the entrees and desserts as well.

2 reviews so far 6
27.09.2015 09:40

Despite showing up 1/2 hour earlier than booked time, restaurant had no problems accommodating. Friendly staff, great European beers and tasty food...especially the perfectly cooked pork knuckle with lots of crackly. If you are into cream brulee you might want to save some room for their giantnormous sized serving of this yummy dessert. We've been to this restaurant a few times and using a scoopon deal did not detract from a great nite out.

1 review so far 6
18.04.2017 22:17

A nice atmosphere, good prompt service, great Czech beer on tap, good selection of entrees, but we shared one so as to leave room for the meat share plate for 2. Great dish if you can't make up your mind on what to order. Chicken schnitzel, sausages, red cabbage, sauerkraut, rosti, goulash, pork belly, beef. Topped off with a black forest mouse and double shot coffee. Couldn't ask for more.

5 reviews so far 5
09.08.2016 14:36

Hi Margaret, Thanks for your invitation for a dinner last Saturday. It was the most enjoyable dinner. Dishes were awesome. People were all very nice and everyone shared their stories. We had great talking and laughing through the night. Dear Margaret, it was a lovely evening, and the food was very nice. thank you and looking forward to the next one. This is some of the feedback from our recent A Table for Six dinner at Essen.

1 review so far 5
19.11.2016 22:16

Quiet nice place and staff. The food was tasty as well . Thanks . I have been there before but i think they change a little bit of there display of meal .I remembered that the sausage plate came with a wood plate an no side. However, this time came with mash potato and some sauce . I am not pretty sure if i order an other one. any way .. it worth to go .

6 reviews so far 6
10.01.2016 07:56

I haven't been there for a while. The pork knuckle seemed much bigger than I remembered, maybe pigs these days are getting bigger, not that I'm complaining of course. It was very crispy outside and soft inside, just what a knuckle should be. I'm still not used to the Sauerkraut, due to its sauerness. However, the purple cabbage "Sauerkraut" was not so sour.

1 review so far 3
19.11.2016 20:26

We thought we'd give this place a try since we visited Vienna last year and loved the food - especially the schnitzel and the Apfelstrudel. Whatever quality Essen may have had sadly spears to be gone now - the pork schnitzel was tough and reminded me nothing of what I sampled in Vienna. I'm glad the couple next to us ordered what was called apple strudel because it saved us from making another bad choice - it appeared to be very dry and probably was given they had to use a knife to cut pieces off to eat. I have had the real deal on both fronts so my bar is set very high and sadly Essen came up well short.

2 reviews so far 6
06.10.2016 21:56

Great Beer, Great Food, Friendly attentive Service...a most enjoyable evening dining out.. This is why we keep coming back to Essen Restaurant. Would not hesitate to recommend this venue.

1 review so far 6
23.03.2016 21:33

There was a wide variety of interesting dishes on the menu. The traditional German servings of Knuckles, Sauerkraut and red cabbage as well as the authentic German Pretzels for starters were some of the choices. The servings were very generous, the tender schnitzel filled the whole plate. The service and atmosphere was very welcoming.

6 reviews so far 6
20.10.2016 08:10

Very nice sausage platter, though maybe next time I will ask if I could replace the other two sausages with the cheese kransky! Love the cheese kransky. The amount is quite large, I'm very satisfied. We also ordered the chocolate and hazelnut strudel. It was nice, warm and not overly sweet. A good finish.

4 reviews so far 5
15.12.2015 07:51

I love this place. It's my go to for group gatherings. I always get food envy because I like the look of everything on the menu but I tend to stick to what I've ordered before because it's so good! Never had a bad meal here, though when it gets busy you might have to wait a while - but it's so worth it!

1 review so far 6
07.12.2015 01:13

Unbelievable value where the terms were different and more generous than what the voucher stated which was only 2.5 meals. 6 person meals including drinks up to the value of $306 was generous. Best voucher experience I have had. And the food and service was really good. Will tell friends and family.

1 review so far 5
18.01.2017 07:35

Wonderful and friendly service! The food wasn't the best - you're more paying for the quantity rather than quality, but I would be happy to come back to Essen Restaurant again.

1 review so far 3
05.09.2015 08:07

The food was delicious especially I enjoyed dessert. But their service was disappointing. There are no waiters to call when you need them. We needed to wait a lot to be taken our order. We asked container for taking away food and the waiter forgot. I could see many customers were stressed because of this. And I see the waiter was very rude to the customers who was asking something. They also ask "Do you want to leave any tips ?" . If customers want and satisfied, they do. Please don't ask. Overall, I was dissapointed.

1 review so far 5
07.11.2015 17:31

Initial issues with booking; booked online but difficult to confirm as phone line was "crackling " and too much noise in the background Food was absolutely amazing and lovely german waitress Mina was great. We had one of the scoopon vouchers and that was not a problem and very good value for money Beer was great too

1 review so far 6
15.10.2015 16:28

We were not disappointed at all in our experience in this Restaurant. The waiters were courteous and helpful. The meals had been prepared well based on the continental style. Good coffee served at the end. Parking could be a problem although buses are running along the street.

1 review so far 3
16.06.2016 18:39

Nice setting, cosy. The wait staff are friendly too. My one major problem with the place is it's a place I have been going to for years now, and I've watched the variety and quality of the food on offer dwindle. The schnapps and beer selection hasn't changed much, thank god, but the schnitzel offerings have dwindled, and the other choices are slim pickings as well. Essentially, it gives the appearance of being dumbed down to suit the local student crowd. As such, sadly, my recent visit with the wife will be our last.

1 review so far 6
16.01.2017 07:49

Delicious traditional food and atmosphere. Very friendly and helpful staff. A wonderful dining experience. I was there with family and friends for a small birthday celebration. Some of us had eaten there before, others had not, but we would all go back again for another dinner!

2 reviews so far 6
26.11.2015 22:41

The service was very good. The decore is very nice. We loved the spatzel. It is real spatzel, not just some short spagettie, which some places call spetzle. The rosti and cabbage were also very good. The salmon was cooked well. We appreciated their flexibility.

1 review so far 5
05.08.2016 23:14

A few small mistakes were made by the waiters and the food was good but not amazing But the staff apart from the small issues (being very temporarily placing wrong order on wrong table) were extresmly friendly and due to how sweet they were a tip was still given The desert though was amazing.

1 review so far 2
12.12.2016 21:07

We were so looking forward to our evening. We had two grandma's birthdays to celebrate. It started nice and we got our beers and entrees nice and quick, then we stalled. Our service went to everyone else but us!! After about an hour (yes ONE hour ) our waiter apologised for the delay as the restaurant had a "function" upstairs. The table next to us came after us and had their mains delivered before us. I guess we just didn't look hungry! Our food was nice, although the pasta (spaetzle) was too oily and the capsicum in the mushroom pasta was over powering, the salmon was on the small size and also there was not enough sauerkraut in the platter for two. All in all it was ok . The best bit was definitely BEER.

1 review so far 6
18.09.2015 14:31

The food & service was fantastic all night. The meals were great portions & all cooked to perfection. The restaurant was set out in a Bavarian style beer hall which was a pleasant change. Can't fault anything on the night. I will definitely return.

1 review so far 6
07.05.2017 16:29

Always fantastic food and lovely service. You get great value for the reasonable price you pay, and a delicious range of German beer and food. Even though it is far from home, it has became a favourite of ours, and well worth the trip.

1 review so far 5
26.02.2017 03:01

The staff were friendly and very helpful. Everything we ordered, except the main course, came out quickly. I had to ask about the main because I noticed the table next to us received the same dish before us even though they ordered after us. Besides that tiny hiccup, everything was great.

6 reviews so far 4
23.04.2017 09:34

Excellent food. But it took sooo long for the mains to be served. Maybe it's because we requested the entree to be served first, which meant that they started cooking the mains after we finished the entree. I would suggest to request everything to be served at the same time. If it didn't take this long I would have rated 6.

1 review so far 5
14.12.2015 07:56

Essen is one of our local restaurants and we have dined there quite a few times. The service is always good and the the staff are very friendly. They know their food and can recommend something you are sure to enjoy. The variety of beers are good too.

1 review so far 5
17.10.2015 23:05

excellent food and service. Love the lamb shoulder and pork knuckle. The only thing is to note is that if you bring your own cake, you have to either buy a certain amount of dessert per table or pay 3aud per head for consuming your own cake.

1 review so far 6
14.09.2015 08:37

Yummooooo!!!! Never think it will be such a delicious dinner with my family. We love pork crackling and Essen delivered them beautifully and our desserts (Choc & Hazelnut Strudel, and Creme Brulee) were fantastic too. We Love Essen! :D

1 review so far 5
17.02.2016 07:59

Excellent service from staff, delicious sausage platter and brezel,pork knuckle was cooking nicely, skin was crispy and but the seasoning on the meat could be better, as my one tasted a little plain. Overall it's a fantastic restaurant for sausage lover and beer lover of course.

1 review so far 5
30.05.2017 12:36

very friendly, dinner was promptly serviced. Environment was also good. The only regret was that my husband was not able to get the type of beer he wanted as we were told Essen did not have it on the night, even it was on their memu.

1 review so far 5
25.09.2015 08:17

A hearty and generous dinner on a cold wintery evening. The service was attentive -however, we would have appreciated advice on not to order so much as the meals are very large. with a group of 8 we had no complaints, everyone left warm and satisfied.

1 review so far 5
09.04.2016 21:34

Great mushroom spätzle! Probably the best in Sydney! Veal schnitzel consists of 2 huge well cooked pieces served with rosti. Very satisfying meal! Finished with Apple Strudel served with nice vanilla ice cream and cream anglaise and also Vienna Kaffe. Good service. Will definitely come back!

3 reviews so far 6
26.11.2015 21:37

Another really yum dinner at Essen restaurant. We had the meat platter for 2 and all of it was perfectly cooked and deliciously tasty. Service was very friendly and nothing was to much trouble. Definitely be visiting again.

1 review so far 6
07.09.2015 17:10

Friendly staff members, great atmosphere, excellent customer service. Best of all, generous serving size! Must try the pork knuckle! Ordered 4 of those and wasnt able to finish it, and had them taken away. Would come back again

2 reviews so far 6
25.11.2016 10:04

I loved my first visit to Essen! It has an authentic east European atmosphere (it didn't feel like I was in Sydney) and delicious food and beer, along with excellent service. I look forward to my next visit.

1 review so far 6
15.12.2016 09:37

Excellent food and beer. The pork belly and the pork knuckle have been cooked very well with crispy skin. Even though it is a bit long waiting time for having the food to be ready, it is worth.

1 review so far 2
06.03.2017 10:43

I'm a chef and I cook German food all the time. Infact I'm from a German background. For me if you go to a restaurant that specialises in a cuisine they need to get it right. It's obvious that the chefs have no passion for what they are cooking. I had pork knuckle. It was undercooked and tough. We had pork and veal schnitzel which was obviously prepared ahead of time. It was not seasoned at all. None of the food was seasoned. The red cabbage was ok but a bit dry. They ended up giving us free dessert to make up for things We will not be back. Life is to short

1 review so far 5
12.02.2017 21:27

Delicious food , schnitzels was crisp , pork belly was juicy and tendency . Appropriate time to serve. service was excellent. A little bit disappoint was that no and sausage plates on Sunday. That gives me an excuse to come back to try again. Thanks!

1 review so far 4
26.09.2015 21:50

Food was nice but the meat platter for 2, at $68, was relatively small, compared to similar dishes at other german restaurants. If not for the scoopon voucher it would be a rip off. Service and ambience was good though. Really appreciated the kids activity packs to keep my 2 boys entertained before the food arrived.

1 review so far 4
25.02.2017 18:00

Food and service was great. Have eaten there many times and always a great feed. This time i had the lamb shoulder which was delicious, unfortunately half of it was fat and the menu stated it came with carrots but I received green beans (which I hate). My Partner had the pork belly which was perfect.