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Essen Restaurant

Ultimo · German · $$$$
353 Reviews

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.

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Essen Restaurant
133-135 Broadway, Ultimo
Sydney 2007

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Chef's Choice



Pork Crackling GF

Marinated, served with baked apple purée

Swiss Garlic Bread

Olive oil, cheese, bacon and garlic

Dutch Beef Croquettes

Mustard mayo


Lamb Shoulder GF

Slow cooked, rosemary honey carrots and mashed potatoes

Pork Knuckle GF

Slow cooked in brine, crispy skin, sauerkraut, rösti, apple sauce and jus

Spicy Hungarian Beef Goulash

Spatsle, paprika, capsicum, potato and sour cream


Cheese Cake v

Strawberries and mixed berry compote

Classic Apple Strudel v

Vanilla ice cream and crème Anglaise

Black Forest Mousse Cake

Raspberry coulis

Menu (General)

Essen Restaurant Menu

Every Day - All Day

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!

353 Essen Restaurant Reviews

Andre L.17 days ago · 1 review

Great food (generous servings), great beers, great staff, great atmosphere. The pork knuckle is a special. Can't ask for anything more. I will continue to be a regular.

Simon H.3 months ago · 1 review

Nice atmosphere and a good range of food. Servings were generous and service was friendly. Would have been nice to have a larger selection of beers on offer.

Steven L.3 months ago · 10 reviews

Great German food. They have German beers on tap so try them why you can. The pork knuckle is very good, I also love the European sides.

Mark B.3 months ago · 1 review

Turned up late and still got a really good table near the windows. Staff were polite about being late too. Excellent. Food was great, as always.

imgStephen S.2 years ago · 1 review

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!

Mouy Hok T.a year ago · 6 reviews

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.

Michelle S.2 years ago · 1 review

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.

David G.7 months ago · 1 review

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.

Natalie C.10 months ago · 1 review

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.

Thanh V.2 years ago · 1 review

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!

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