Erskineville doesn’t need any more pubs. Whether you want burgers, schnitzels, a rack of ribs, craft beer, wine, fine dining, even a Priscilla Queen of the Desert flash back, the suburb has a public house on almost every corner for every purpose. What it has been lacking is a restaurant.
Enter Erskine Villa. Sitting on the corner of Erskineville Road, right opposite the Erko, this brand new restaurant is sleek and chic, with marble tables, copper pendant lights and pots of succulents clustered around the window sills. It’s light and bright, stylish yet still relaxed and laid back enough for a casual midweek meal. Essentially it’s the dining room you’ve always dreamed of having at home. Except with a team of excellent chefs in the open kitchen who are bringing European flavours to your table.
Think family-sized lamb neck pie served in a shallow copper dish covered with flaky golden pastry, a salt baked winter vegetable salad with crunchy kale and hazelnut halves, brick chicken, handmade gnocchi, and the “sickest chips” around, which are served chunky style and towering like a Jenga game.
The current menu is “A Taste of Things to Come by Erksine Villa” – it’s technically a “pop up”, but with the amount of locals popping in for the second and third time since doors opened a few weeks ago, Erskine Villa already looks very at home. The team are keen to keep things fluid and evolving, with big plans for community events, workshops and performances. All the more reason to show them your support, we say.
At the moment, they’re open for dinner from Wednesday through to Sunday, with brunch being served on weekends. Almond milk porridge, goats cheese goats curd and pumpkin brioche French toast are mixing things up instead of your average bacon and eggs.
A Taste of Things to Come by Erskine Villa
63, Erskineville Road, Erskineville