I’d walked past Essen Restaurant many times on my way to Broadway Shopping Centre thinking it was just another place catering to university students. Turns out, it’s a German restaurant with prices decidedly not aimed at university students. The restaurant has a rustic wooden interior, with glass jars of pickled vegetables lining the tops of cabinets, and old sauerkraut cans holding cutlery
There’s an extensive drinks menu with lots of promising fruity options (e.g. green apple, Williams pear etc). I go for the Lychee Cider ($7). It’s a refreshing cider, but the lychee notes aren’t obvious enough for my liking.
I can never pass up pork belly on a menu, so I order the Pork Belly ($26) with sauerkraut jus, and crackling. The pork is tender and would’ve appreciated a crispier skin on the pork. Overall, I wasn’t too impressed. I love pickled carrots and white radish, but pickled cabbage in its own juices? No thanks. The crackling, while crispy, was too salty.
And the Rosti ($6). Rosti are my new favourite food. This one was beautifully crunchy and crispy on the outside, while the shredded potato inside retained its texture (it was not like mashed potato!) and was nice and buttery. Yum!
At 50% off (K had a voucher), the food here was decent. At full price though, the food is not worth the price and I probably won’t be returning.
Essen Restaurant is at 133 – 135 Broadway, Ultimo NSW 2007.