Review: Erskineville Hotel (Erskineville) (2)

Oh, the Erko again. There was a time when I didn’t mind going to the Erko (and I still don’t mind going for drinks) but I don’t really like eating in the same place several times unless the food is remarkably good. And here, to me, it isn’t.

But what can you do when you’re having dinner with friends and the criteria to choose the place include a) steak, b) cheap, c) close to the corner of Erskineville Rd and Linthorpe St? Yeah, right, let’s go to the Erko.

I hate the Erko’s chips. I’ve said it before. Twice. Most people don’t really care about the chips as much as they care about the steak or whatever piece of protein lies on their plate, but I do because I like them a lot. I know they’re poison to me (they’re full of omega-6 fat acids, acrylamides and potentially trans fats, plus the potatoes themselves promote inflammation) so I try not to eat them frequently and when I do, I want them to be damn good. Knowing that this wouldn’t be possible, my options were reduced to those that didn’t involve the infamous fried spuds. My first thought was to order pasta but then I switched to Chicken Erko, which I hadn’t even seen before. I asked about the sides and thankfully the chips and salad could be swapped by mash and veggies.

The Chicken Erko is basically a grilled chicken breast fillet topped with avocado, cheese and bernaise sauce. It was very tasty, and without the mash it would make a perfectly healthy everyday meal. The mash was alright, not the best mash I’ve ever eaten (for that, Peruvian yellow potatoes are required) but it wasn’t as bland as others.

Erskineville Hotel - Chicken Erko with avocado, cheese & bernaise sauce

Chicken Erko with avocado, cheese, bernaise sauce, mash and steamed vegetables ($16)

As usual, I washed down my meal with a schooner of James Squire Amber Ale.

Alvaro ordered bangers and mash with onion gravy and peas. I had a few bites and it was good. The serving was much smaller than the one in Coopers, but the price was smaller, too.

Erskineville Hotel - Bangers and mash with onion gravy & peas

Bangers and mash with onion gravy & peas ($12)

I didn’t take pics of the others’ meals because I think my friends pretty much hate me by now. I’ll let them breathe for a week or two and then start shooting their food again.

Andrey had been cycling all morning with Max, so he ordered a second dish to share: beef nachos. I ate some out of gluttony but they really weren’t very good. The nachos had been reheated (some of them actually had burnt edges). Just because we were eating nachos, I had a Corona ($5 on Saturdays).

As a food blogger and an obsessive person who likes to eat a different meal (if eating out, in a different place) every day I wouldn’t go to the Erko again. But I know I will. I just have to remember to stay away from the chips, the fried seafood and the nachos.

Alvaro and I went for a walk before going home, in the hopes to aid digestion. I’m not sure it worked.

Erskineville Hotel
102 Erskineville Road
Erskineville NSW 2043
(02) 9565 1608


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