Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Review: Brunching at Bills in Sydney

I’d always wanted to try Bill Granger’s cafe in Surry Hills, ever since I bought his first fabulous cook book a few years ago.  On a recent weekend trip I finally got my wish!  
We arrived after a brisk walk from our hotel downtown, just far enough to get our stomaches really growling.  It was late on a Saturday morning and people were lining up out the front waiting for tables. 
Will we or won’t we, we thought – is it worth the wait?  Luckily we were patient and managed to get a table for five of us within about ten minutes.  This proved to Mr D. that good things come to those that queue J.
It was a beautiful, sunny spring day and pleasant to sit outside.  The waiter was friendly – he liked us, he said, because we were nice, polite customers.  The coffee was good and strong.
Choices, choices – what to order?  Four out of five of us were going to run the City to Surf the next day, so a fair amount of carbo loading was in order.

Mr D. and I couldn’t go past Bill Granger's famous ricotta hotcakes.  We weren’t disappointed.  They were light and fluffy and soaked up all the luscious maple syrup.  You can try making them at home with his recipe.
Ricotta hotcakes with fresh banana and honeycomb butter - $17.50
Our good friend Ms Y., a staunch vegetarian, chose the delicious corn fritters, opting for smooth avocado over crispy bacon.  However, she was unfortunately charged extra for the privilege.
Sweet corn fritters with roast tomato, spinach and avocado (instead of bacon) - $18.50 (+ $4.50)
The lovely Ms E. chose soft boiled eggs with toast soldiers for dunking, a dish which always brings back happy childhood memories for me.  The yolks were lovely and runny.
Two soft-boild eggs with buttered sourdough soldiers - $11.50
While Mr J. decided to go all out with the big breakfast option.  A mighty feast!
Full Aussie breakfast - $24.50
Good food, good company, lots of laughs - life doesn't get better than that!

359 Crown St
Surry Hills, NSW
Open 7 days

Tell me, where do you like to brunch with friends? 

Bills on Urbanspoon

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