Simply put, bills 2 is a breath of fresh air. It's a restaurant that's always been followed by a bit of hype, but don't think it's just a passing fad. The Surry Hills' restaurant, owned by celebrity chef Bill Granger, has strong foundations and a loyal clientele; then there is the menu worth raving about.
One of three Bill Granger owned restaurants in Sydney, bills isn't a huge restaurant, but the large windows and natural light mean that you never feel cramped inside. It's light and airy, and somehow manages to be refreshing even before you've looked at the menu.
Breakfast is a key element of the bills' menu; the corn fritters and ricotta hotcakes are two of it's most famous items. While the breakfast menu only runs until midday, you can still get these two dishes and a full breakfast throughout lunch service. The ricotta hotcakes are light and fluffy; the honeycomb butter begins to slide off the warm hotcakes almost immeadiately, and is perfect with mouthful of hotcake and fresh banana. Smaller breakfast snacks include muffins, gravlax or their sour cherry and apple loaf, and then there are the different mueslis.
The juices and other drinks are a refreshing way to start the day. The Sunrise Drink is almost a breakfast of its own, with orange juice, banana, yoghurt, and berries. Or why not treat yourself to something a bit fancy in the morning with a glass of veuve clicquot nv brut, or a mimosa. The homemade lemonade is worth trying, but the real star is the rose-hip and mint punch.
Lunch and dinner have similarly light menus, food that satisfies you without leaving you stuffed. Individual menu items aren't actually that expensive, with everything priced under $30, but one problem is that by the time you start adding on entrees, sides, and desserts the bill just gets bigger and bigger.
At lunch time there are smaller sandwiches, salads, and soups, but you can also pick from the mains, which also feature at dinner. The salmon salad with caramelised coconut is not one to pass up. Instead of smoked salmon, the salad includes decent sized chunks of lightly seared salmon fillets, this is served with cucumber, corriander, mind, and coconut, and it's all tied together with an Asian dressing.
bills walks a fine line between top-shelf dining and casual brunch spot. Don't go there to be cool, go there because of the tasty food, the friendly service, and the smile you'll still have after you leave.
bills is open 7 days a week from 7am till 10pm. Lunch is served at midday, and dinner from 5pm. If you're going to Sydney on holiday, bills sits at the bottom of the Adina Apartment Hotel. If you're a guest the wifi extends to the restaurant.