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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Una's, Darlinghurst

Una's reputation precedes itself for Darlinghurst locals in-the-know. Having served giant-sized schnitzels for over thirty years, the patrons here are devout fans and inevitably ravenous.

The specialty here is the Jaeger schnitzel, two enormous veal or chicken schnitzels served with a kilo of potato rosti and half-a-cabbage worth of sauerkraut (or so it would appear). The menu is predomoniately Austrian (complete with alpine-feel paint theme) and everything is ja, giant-sized.


Roast pork knuckle with sauerkraut $17.90
The pork was surprisingly tasty and moist. Alas no marrow but definitely a crowd-pleaser.


Una's goulash and spatzle $13.90
Spatzle is a type of German dumpling made of flour, eggs, milk and nutmeg but tasting rather reminiscent of gnocchi. Pleasingly stodgy comfort food!


Una's famous Jaeger schnitzel with mushroom sauce and potato rosti.
Chicken $17.80 Veal $17.40
Happy faces all round with freshly cooked moist schnitzel smothered in mushroom sauce. Lots of schnitzel.


Cabbage side salad (which arrives with schnitzel).

The mains were all well-received. Sure the emphasis here seems to be on quantity, but the schnitzels were fresh, lean and perfectly crispy. The ensuing silence as people chewed contentedly said it all. Some people contemplated their plate after 20-minutes of eating and realised they had hardly made a dent into theirs mains mountain.

The portions here are sumo-sized but don't compromise on quality. This isn't fine dining, but if it's a big hunk of tasty schnitzel or pork knuckle you're after, this is the place you're looking for!


One of the waiters at Una's. Not quite lederhosen, but close enough!

Despite a number of loosened belts and groaning digestive tracts (I don't think anyone finished their meal!), we battled on for your viewing pleasure...


Cappuccino served with love... awww...


Chocolate mousse $4.90


Creme caramel $4.90


Chocolate rum balls $4.90


Apple strudel $5.90

Dessert hit-of-the-night was definitely the strudel. A veritable brick of pastry-encased chunky cinnamon apples with sultanas.

Una's is incredibly popular with a steady queue constantly hovering on the footpath. For this reason, somewhat draconian rules are enforced. No bookings allowed, and groups must hover upstairs in the bar until every person has arrived before they're allowed to sit.

In addition, once dessert is consumed the bill is presented and diners are asked to either relocate themselves upstairs in the bar or outside.

But I forgive them for it. Each seat is a potential schnitzel eater and Una seems determined to double the body weight of every Sydney-sider.

The lesson? Eat in small groups. Don't order an entree. And don't eat for a week beforehand.



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Una's, Darlinghurst
340 Victoria St, Darlinghurst, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9360 6885

This has been included as an Intrepid Eat on Grab Your Fork's Top 10 Sydney Eats for Tourists. Read the entire list here.

Open Monday to Saturday, 7.30am - 10.30pm;
Sunday 8.00am - 10.30pm

Fully licensed and BYO wine only ($1.50 per person, $1 per bottle)
Sunday and public holiday surcharge $1.00 per person
Minimum food charge $12.00 per person after 6pm
No credit cards accepted

Related GrabYourFork posts:
Una's Darlinghurst, Mar 05
Una's on Broadway, Ultimo, Mar 05 (dinner)
Una's on Broadway, Ultimo, Aug 05 (breakfast)

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