In late 2019, popular Wilston brunch spot Freja’s announced it would be metamorphosis in 2020 – relaunching as Elska – a 12-seat degustation restaurant – in early February. The cafe’s owners – Freja Rasmussen and chef Nathan Dunnell – elected to make the change as a way to further their passion for food and people. Nathan has dipped into his fine-dining background to create modern-Australian fare using Nordic-inspired cooking techniques. The goal is to take diners on a journey, educating guests on flavours and techniques across a succession of dishes, plating up the likes of kangaroo and wallaby paired with fermented and pickled morsels. Elska (an old Nordic name meaning love) boasts an aesthetic similar to a Nordic cottage, with wood, white and greenery giving a warm and friendly setting for the intimate dining experience. Freja and Nathan aren’t stepping away from brunch entirely – Elska open on weekends, serving up dishes that blend influences from Freja’s Cafe and Elska. Bookings are available online, with two dinner sittings (6:00 pm and 8:30 pm) available on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.