Saturday, January 2, 2010

Una's, Darlinghurst

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Who doesn't love a good pair of shorts?

I've heard plenty about Una's but had yet to visit this German-Austrian-Swiss style cafe until a month or so ago. With a large group of hungry bloggers, we were in search for a good feed on a warm summer's night. They don't take bookings, but we did call up ahead of time to make sure they would be able to seat our table of 10. A short wait in the bar upstairs and then we were seated outside. While most of the table were deciding what to order, a couple of us girls at one end were giggling like schoolgirls, trying to get a good photo of the waiters in their outfits. I was only semi-successful.
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Apple cider ($3.20)

Though there was plenty of beer on the menu, I really felt like an apple cider since it was such a hot & sticky night. It really hit the spot, with just the right amount of sweetness and a lovely rich apple flavour.
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Deep fried camembert ($8.90)

Deep fried cheese? Of course we were going to order it! Unfortunately one of the other entrees was not available (I think it was the croquettes?), probably because we had arrived quite late in the night, so we ended up getting lots of deep fried camembert. I LOVED it. These golden, crumbed balls of melty camembert were so gooey and heavenly. It was even better dipped in the sweet jam that came on the side, I can't remember very clearly but I think it was currant? Whatever it was, it was so good. I was tempted to order more, but refrained to save my poor arteries.
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Gooooooey...................

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Gypsy Schnitzel ($19.90) - Veal or Chicken schnitzel with a spicy tomato sauce, potato rosti

I'm not sure if it was the heat but I didn't have much of an appetite, so Lisa & I decided to share a schnitzel between us. We ended up getting the veal schnitzel with a spicy tomato sauce. In hindsight, it probably would have been a better idea to get the chicken, because we both found the veal a little tough and dry. The portions here are HUGE. Taking that into account, and the type of food that is served here, you can understand why Una's is a popular late night hang out. It delivers just the right type of hearty, greasy food that you might fancy after a couple of drinks.
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Cabbage salad (served with schnitzels)

Every schnitzel comes with a side of cabbage salad, which has a lighter, cleaner flavour that was very welcome to balance off the heaviness of the mains.
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Swiss Weisswurst ($16.90) - with sauerkraut and rosti

Betty & Leona's weisswurst was ENORMOUS and pretty tasty. I got a good taste of it and it was deliciously meaty, but even better with a smear of mustard from the huge cup of mustard that came with it. It came with a mass of saukraut and a rosti just like the ones with the schnitzels. The rosti was okay, althought i would have preferred it a little crispier on the outside.
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Jaeger Schnitzel ($19.90) - Chicken or veal schnitzel with mushroom sauce, rosti & cabbage salad

Apologies for the blurry photo, I wasn't really planning on blogging so i only snapped some quick shots of food around the table. Karen's chicken schnitzel looked much more moist that our veal schnitzel, and she did a pretty good job of polishing off most of it. A couple other people on the table had the pork knuckle which looked pretty good too. The service was okay, the food came quickly though I think the waitress got a little impatient with our slow ordering, but it tends to happen with a big table of people. It's not amazing food, but it's not bad either.
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On a hot night like this, a cool dessert was in order. Although it was tempting to try the desserts at Una's, we headed across the road to Gelato Messina for something refreshing. I'd heard everyone going on about the flavours here, so I was keen to check out if it was as good as the gelato I love at Bravo's.
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There are so many enticing looking flavours, you can almost hear them yelling "Pick me! Pick me!", and I was glad that I tasted a few before I finally chose two. Though the pandan coconut was the first to catch my eye, I had a quick taste of it and it didn't really taste very pandan-y to me, so I decided to go with the banana bread and the coconut & lychee flavour.
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The coconut and lychee was amazing, so packed full of both flavours but really very sweet, so I got about halfway through my scoop and then started feeling a little ill, but I couldn't help going back for a little bit more even though I was full. The banana bread flavour was a little disappointing. I was expecting it to taste more like natural banana bread since it had such huge chunk of real banana bread throughout, but there was an overwhelming artificial banana flavour which I wasn't too keen on. I also tried the apple pie flavour which Lisa got and I really liked the chunks in that. I loved all the interesting flavours that they were putting out at Gelato Messina and am keen to go back and try more. Though maybe next time I should just stick to one scoop, two is really filling!
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Coconut & lychee gelato & banana bread gelato underneath

Una's
340 Victoria Street,

Darlinghurst, NSW 2010

(02) 9360 6885


Mon - Sat: 07:30 - 22:30

Sun: 08:00- 22:30
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Gelato Messina
Shop 1/241 Victoria St,

Darlinghurst NSW 2010

(02) 8354 1223


Sun-Thurs: 12pm to 11pm

Fri-Sat: 12pm to 11.30pm
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14 comments:

  1. i love cabbage salad! i think it comes from my european half. i really like the coconut and lychee flavour as well from Messina. one of my favourites :-)

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  2. Gooey deep fried camembert. I want some of that.

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  3. The schnitzel with mushroom sauce looks so good!

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  4. Mmmmmmmm cheese balls.

    I think I'd have to try the Pear & Rhubarb and the Bounty gelati, they look tasty!

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  5. heh, I lived around the corner from Una's for a very long time. The Jaeger Scnitzel is famous!

    Also, gelato messina is really really good....love it!

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  6. Oh wow! Didn't realise that anyone had enough material to blog this. Thanks for sharing a dinner with me on my birthday! :)

    Una's was alright. I'd certainly go back for the deep fried camembert!

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  7. Hello this is Pierre a frech foodie in Paris ; you are so lucky to be in summer time ! here it is freezing to death !!
    cheers from France

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  8. I've been to Una's a few times but I've got to say the Balkan on Oxford St makes the best schnitzel. Or perhaps I'm just a bit biased because of my Croatian heritage ;)

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  9. UNAS!!! brings back memories of how much we sweated waiting upstairs for a seat! All i remember was your schnitz was gold and betty and I had a really big phat scary weener staring at our faces LOL!!!!

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  10. the cabbage would have been needed!

    you poor arteries ;)

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  11. LOL at taking pics of the shorts! I felt like taking some when we went to Lowenbrau many years ago (before blog) but I didn't want the waiter to feel silly. Then I saw everyone else taking pics of him hehe! I still adore the schnitzels here but I always ask for sauce on the side so that it doesn't go soggy (ack I hate soggy crumbage!).

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  12. Simon Food Favourites - How good is the coconut and lychee?! Love how distinct both the flavours are.

    A cupcake or two - Me too! I get melty cheese cravings all the time

    Trissa - I can't remember if I had a taste but I would totally order that next time!

    Conor - Haha indeed. Oh man I totally didn't even see the bounty flavour!

    Reemski - :) It's a bit of an institution hey? I should order it next time!

    Simon - Haha I barely did, but I figured I might as well get rid of some of my backlog. Aww thanks for letting us have dinner with you on your birthday! Same, the cheese was my favourite of the dishes.

    pierre - Haha Hi Pierre! I've heard how freezing it's been over there, I don't envy you! But don't worry, it'll be pretty miserable over here when your summer comes around.

    he needs food - Ooh thanks for the recommendation, I will have to try it sometime!

    Leona - Haha yeah it was so hot and gross. LOL it was HUGE!

    Fiona - Haha I think they've recovered now :)

    Lorraine - Haha we had to get a photo of the shorts! Ooh good idea with the sauce on the side, must remember to do that next time.

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  13. I love your blog! Wow! I appreciate reading reviews if great value, slightly obscure places so much. Una's is the place I know and love, however - I've turned to their comfort food many a time!! It is true old-school institution, perhaps not very fashionable but it never fails to satisfy - and fun to visit as a crowd.

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  14. wordofprey - Oh thanks so much! I love finding great value obscure places :) I agree, it's one of those places everyone knows about

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