Review: Una’s Restaurant, Darlinghurst6

Posted on July 5, 2011 by ChristieRestaurants

I have been wanting to review Una’s Restaurant for several years now, so it was with much excitement that I saw it on the list of restaurants participating in Mushroom Mania month in Sydney. A gorgeous sunny Saturday was the perfect excuse to indulge in some crispy schnitzel, cold beer and, of course, yummy mushrooms!

Una’s is a German-Austrian-Swiss restaurant that also serves Hungarian and Dutch food. It is famous for having massive portions so we usually only order mains, but as we were visiting specifically for the mushroom dishes, we couldn’t go past ordering the crumbed mushrooms ($8.90) as a starter.

Medium sized cup mushrooms were quartered, crumbed and deep fried. They were beautifully crisp on the outside and lush and juicy on the inside – just like a well-cooked mushroom should be! When dipped into the accompanying herby, garlicky mayonnaise-style creamy sauce it was declared a finger-lickin’-good starter by all.

Next up was the dish people flock there for: Jaeger schnitzel veal or chicken with mushroom sauce, rösti & cabbage salad ($19.90).

If you think a sauce in a dish can’t be the ‘hero’, then you are sorely mistaken. The mushroom sauce on this veal schnitzel is without a doubt what makes it so absolutely wonderful to devour. Thickly sliced button and cup mushrooms populate a mushroom-flavoured gravy that is thick, shiny and sexily draped over the schnitzel. OK, maybe not sexily, but it really is the defining element.

The other side dish that cannot go without mention is the rösti; grated potato bound with oil and butter then shaped into a cake and pan fried. Need I say more?

Hubby ordered veal and BIL (brother-in-law) ordered chicken. Both were a hit and eaten all up. Much to the discomfort of their later groaning bellies, but well worth it.

As the boys ordered both types of schnitzel I decided to order the Pork knuckle with sauerkraut & Rösti ($20.90). It was absolutely huge with lots of super crisp crackling. There was also bacon through the sauerkraut which I think was overkill so I made sure to finish off all the rösti instead.

The staff are usually a little gruff but were in a great mood on this visit – perhaps the good weather brought out their sunny side? If mother nature shines for your visit, then be sure to nab a table out the front for some great people watching.

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This restaurant was reviewed as part of Mushroom Mania month which is happening all across Australia during July 2011. Fig & Cherry dined at Una’s with compliments of Mushroom Growers Australia.

Christie x

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  • http://www.allcaps.com.au. Tom

    Crumbed and deep fried mushrooms with creamy sauce! Yes please!

  • http://souvlakiforthesoul.com Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul

    I’ve been going to Una’s ever since I moved to Sydney! I love this place for the occasional meal. Always good value and good fun!

  • http://www.foodiepop.blogspot.com joey@FoodiePop

    Una’s is certainly an institution with its huge servings of simple, unpretentious, and delicious food. No wonder it’s always packed.

  • http://intolerantchef.blogspot.com/ InTolerantChef

    Those mushrooms would be perfect for a drinks snack too. I think that pork knuckle sounds like my perfect weekend dinner!

  • http://susaneats.blogspot.com Susan

    I have never been to Unas, but I have been to the other one around there and the meals are massive and wonderful.

  • http://www.ledelicieux.com/ Jennifer (Delicieux)

    Great review! The crumbed mushrooms look fantastic. My fiancé (thanks to his German heritage) would love the Jaeger schnitzel.

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