Erskineville’s exploratory but polished pop-up restaurant, Taste of Things to Come, was replaced by Erskine Villa. It serves fresh salads, breakfast pide and is set among a pastel mural and booths fit for an ‘80s pub.
The chef, Brian Villahermosa, shows his mixture of pragmatism and flair.
One menu maverick is the breakfast pide, a disc of toasted flat bread topped with two eggs, a dukkha dusting and an entire shrub of mixed herbs. For lunch there’s a Nicoise salad that eschews the stereotype by adding two soft pieces of poached salmon. The other salads, with homemade falafel and beetroot, or heirloom-tomato-heavy panzanella are big, bold and luscious.
A few of the old favourites from Taste of Things to Come are also available, whether on the menu or not. The breakfast poutine, one of the delightfully heavier things in the inner west, is one of the secrets concealed to everyone but those who’ve heard about it.
Erskine Villa’s nights are occupied with events, and live music.