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Published January 28th 2015
Meet Bill, the more mature and handsome Leedy brother
Do you have fond memories of messy nights spent at the Leederville Hotel in years past? If so you might be disappointed to learn that a new kid is in town and he's going by the name of Bill. But please don't hold it against him because, give it a chance, and Bill's Bar and Bites is sure to win you over.
Bill's Bar and Bites sits in the extensively renovated front bar of the old Leederville Hotel, which looks out onto Newcastle Street, and is appropriately positioned next to its summery counterpart, The Garden. With its polished concrete and wooden floors, exposed brick, retro tiling, and Persian rugs, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Bill's is a hipster's paradise. But wander in and the clientele is reassuringly varied, with everyone from middle-aged couples enjoying a quite drink to groups of students (well-behaved ones might I add) catching up over shared plates.
And hats off to the interior design team because they've managed to create an inviting, warm environment that's simultaneously modern and on-trend. Wood features heavily around the bar and in the furniture, while dim yellow lighting, a bit of greenery, simple floral accents on tables, and floor rugs give off a 'your cool mate's living room' feel. Meanwhile, exposed steel beams, concrete floors, high ceilings and minimalist chairs and bar stools keep the look warehouse-y hip. What's more, there are multiple seating options that you can choose depending on your mood and situation. From restaurant-style tables and slightly more casual lounge seating, to standing tables and a cosy courtyard at the back. Winning.
Now onto the bar and bites bit. Head chef Damien Young has created an effortlessly cool taster menu using quality regular ingredients like duck, serrano ham and camembert, as well as making use of what's fresh and in season in Bill's daily salad ($8) and daily ceviche ($12). Don't be put off by the tapas style, these dishes will get you through a movie at the Luna but if you prefer something more substantial ask the staff what's cooking in Bill's Hell Fire today (daily fire-roasted mains). We tasted the daily salad with fig, grapefruit and goats cheese, and the pulled pork with young gun condiments ($12). The pulled pork was a bit bland for my liking but the sweet, salty, tangy salad had me hovering off my chair in a zen-like state of bliss. Two serves of this with some bread on the side would have done me for a main. Paired with a Margaret River rose pour moi ($8) and a glass of New Zealand's Tui ($7) for my partner in dine, we were ready to hit the cinema suitably sated.
The daily salad ($8).
Pulled pork with young gun condiments ($12).
Having done my time at the ol' "seedy Leedy" in my uni days I'm very happy to say that no more will I cross the road to avoid the tangy smell of dried sick and spilled drinks - whether real or imagined - every time I walk past the star-topped Leederville icon. Bill has found a place in my heart and I hope he'll be sticking around for quite some time.
Check out the menu here, and call 9202 8222 or visit them at 742 Newcastle Street, to discuss your next function.