Uncle Kurts Parramatta – Review
Uncle Kurt’s might just be the hottest place in Parramatta right now. After the desperate cries from Westies across this great region, small bars are finally happening here, and we could NOT be more excited about it.
The Westies recently visited (on mass, on Christmas Cheer) Uncle Kurt’s and discovered a little of why this is considered just the hottest spot in town.
From cocktails dressed up fancy and balanced to within an inch of their flavours; to house made pickles and deli sandwiches that make us all desperate for an afternoon at Katz’ in New York, it’s safe to say that there is nothing like this bar west of Newtown. There actually isn’t anything quite like this anywhere in Sydney, with its grungy underground-Brooklyn vibe and big beats (specifically hip-hop and never anything but hip-hop we were told!) paired with friendly table service and high-end cocktails. It’s a mash-up of flavours, styles and influences that just totally works.
The First Date cocktail was the perfect starting place for this journey deep into Brooklyn, with its flush of Rosemary and pretty pink blush making us all feel just a little bit fancy. The blend of vodka, white peach and Rosemary means it’s not overly sweet but incredibly well balanced.
The orange and fennel sour was exactly as described – sour, savoury and fruity on the nose but complex and layered once drunk. The Perfect lunchtime cocktail and ideal for the whisky drinkers in the house.
We were lucky enough to be served a few of the brand new dishes that Uncle Kurt’s (an angel without wings) is serving up. New vegetarian options on the menu include a jaffle, but not as your childhood knows it. Big Portobello mushies, Russian dressing and ‘kraut make a perfect veggie lovers delight, particularly when served with a side of house sandwich pickles. Who doesn’t love pickles? If you’re feeling adventurous ask them to add a little pear and walnut to this masterpiece, we promise it’s worth the ask – but don’t forget to tell them we sent you.
One of our meat-eating Westies (we are a little split on this one!) tried out the Reuben, a classic Brooklyn deli sandwich if ever there was one. Perfectly smoked brisket, check. Russian dressing so creamy you could whip it and put it on a trifle, Rachel Green style, check. Side of house made pickles? Yep check it off we are done. If deli sandwiches are your jam, this is the best you’ll find in The West; but we are also happy to be proven wrong on this if you’ve got a secret spot you’ve been hiding from us.
Uncle Kurt’s is the perfect pop-in after work bar that you end up spending the whole night at. Their front of house is charming in a love-you-like-a-brother way, which makes you feel instantly at ease. We have visited a few times since and both the food and drinks are consistently good, and the tables are consistently full. You too can party like its Brooklyn on Wednesday’s and Thursdays from 4-10pm; Fridays from 12-12 and Saturdays from 6-12.
Words: Emma Wright
Photos: Katrina James