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Essen Restaurant and Beer Cafe

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by Anna Rose (subscribe)
I'm a music enthusiast and foodie looking for new places and experiences.
Published April 15th 2015
Give yourself the German luxuries
On a lazy Tuesday evening, my friend and i ventured down Parramatta rd to a lovely cosy German restaurant called Essen restaurant and beer cafe located right next to UTS.

Essen interior decor

The decor was particularly beautiful with wooden embroidered chairs and portraits hung on the wall. It gave off a very peaceful ambience. When we arrived, we were warmly greeted by the waitress at the front of the restaurant and guided to our seat. Though we were only two people, we took up a 6 seated table which I found to be a bit strange but as it was empty, it still seemed like an appropriate seating arrangement. The other tables were also surrounded by 6 or 8 chairs. My friend suggested that it was perhaps the German custom and tradition to be in large table sizes as she had seen other German restaurants do the same.

The waitress then brought us a can which was decorated with German words and images.

Cutlery, Essen
ESSEN can with cutlery

It contained our cutlery including napkins and silvery knifes and forks. We were then handed our menu which was an a5 booklet with laminated pages, expressing their diverse selection from starters, to main courses to non-alcoholic drinks to beer.

There was also a noticeable language barrier between me and the menu with a few strange choices which were subsequently Googled like an amateur detective at their desk. We both chose from the main courses which included something printed as Spatzle. This was Googled and is known as a combination of flour, milk and eggs in the form of German styled pasta. We both chose the Spatzle. I chose the Smoked Salmon Spatzle whereas my friend chose the Pulled Pork Spatzle. As per the restaurant tradition, my friend explained, the food took a while to arrive. Or perhaps it was just my very hungry stomach at the time. As a result, I quickly downed the table water presented nicely in clean and clear cups.

Smoked salmon spatzle

When the food arrived, it was a very pleasant sight with splendid presentation efforts for both dishes. A pink colour dominated my dish which I later found was a result of the small pieces of beetroot and the smoked salmon. For my personal taste the smoked salmon was a bit too salty and had to be accompanied by sips of water. However, the beetroot paired nicely with the Spatzle and absorbed some of the flavour from the smoked salmon.

Pork, pull, spatzle
Pulled pork spatzle

All I can say for my friend's Pulled Pork Spatzle is that the stringy cheese sprinkled on the top of her dish was very tasty. During the meal, the same waitress who took our order came to ask us how we were doing. This was a very nice gesture as more people piled into the restaurant. The service was very excellent and we had a tasty blast.

At the end, we paid the bill at the counter and were given two pieces of Essen chocolates. Also, we were asked to fill in a feedback form which we gladly performed as we enjoyed their friendly service and the lovely meal.

Located 10 minutes walk from central station, it was a convenient and moderately priced restaurant for a very generous serving of delicious German food. A definite recommendation.
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Why? Enjoy a beautiful atmosphere and delicious German food
When: 7 days dinner from 5pm, Thurs & Fri lunch from 12pm
Where: 133-135 Broadway, Ultimo
Cost: Moderately priced, around $20 for a decently sized meal
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