Among the many cafes located along Elizabeth Street in Croydon, Billy's Table is notable in that many of their dishes are cooked in a wood-fired oven. Aside from the dishes on their main menu, the restaurant also offers daily specials to provide customers with a greater variety of dishes to choose from.
Customers who dine there during lunchtime can enjoy an affordable lunch set consisting of a choice of a main dish and two sides for only $15. The Turmeric Spiced Chicken Maryland that we chose had succulent flesh and the za'atar spice mix gave it a Middle Eastern flavour. The Blackened Cauliflower and Wood Fired Broccoli we chose for the sides had a nice firmness to them and a delectable charred flavour. Both were accompanied with sauces that partnered perfectly with them.
Billy's Table Lunch Special (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
One of the specials available during our visit, their Wood Fired Pasta is best described as being similar to a pasta bake. The pasta was cooked al dente and the dish had a good serving of prawns and salmon to give the dish a seafood flavour. The napoletana sauce that formed a core part of the dish tied everything together and the topping of melted mozzarella provided some contrast.
Wood Fired Pasta (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
A good choice for those wanting something not too filling, the Pork & Fennel Meatballs dish had meatballs that were juicy and the degree of fennel flavour we desired. The meatballs were served on a bed of brown rice and quinoa that imparted a slight nutty flavour to the dish. Accompanying the meatballs was a zucchini salad that had balsamic vinegar in the dressing to give it a tangy flavour.
Pork & Fennel Meatballs (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Their Warm Chocolate Brownie was a delight to eat, with a gooey centre contrasted wonderfully by the crisp exterior. The cooked berries that topped the dish were not too mushy, with just the right degree of sweetness. The brownie was at its best eaten with the vanilla ice cream to provide a foil to its rich chocolatey flavour.
Warm Chocolate Brownie (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
While we would have liked more strawberries in the Billy's Wood Fired Pancake, it still was cooked to perfection, with a toasted flavour from being cooked in the wood oven. The custard prevented the dish from being too dry and contained a crunchy element. A notable part of the dish was the use of edible flowers to give it an eye catching appearance.
Billy's Wood Fired Pancake (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The décor of the restaurant gave it a rustic feel. Billy's Table is a small café, with only enough seating for about twenty customers. Kids who visit the restaurant from 5pm to 6pm can enjoy a selection of dishes for free.