February 10, 2013 by eatfreak
Well it’s been a bit of a blogging hiatus for me with a lot of eating to catch up on… so my blog posts are likely to be shorter to squeeze as many posts in. Probably a good thing, I do sometimes take my time getting to the point….
Have been meaning to get to Bills for some time now. Have heard extremely good things about the scrambled eggs and with three cafes to the name in Sydney plus cafes in the UK and Japan, it would seem Bills is a bit of an institution.
Upon entering one sunny lunchtime, I’m immediately struck by the simplicity of the interior. Clean lines, minimalist, and a lot of white. I like the option of communal table dining or smaller tables around the place. Displaying the sweet treats on offer is a clever tactic and it took all willpower not to leave with a caramel slice or chocolate brownie after brunch.
Anyway, get to the point here… brunch. I ordered a flat white and fellow eat freak a Bills Homemade lemonade. Frustratingly, I forgot to photograph our beverages however while the lemonade was fairly impressive with plenty of fresh lemon and very refreshing, the coffee made with “Bill’s own beans” (provided by Single Origin) was nothing special, luke warm, and very forgettable.
Service was friendly and seemingly attentive, although the requested tap water was forgotten and asking to swap the tomato for avocado in the Aussie Big Brekkie, could not be accommodated, unless I was willing to pay extra. This seemed a little on-the-nose given the meal itself wasn’t cheap ($24.50) and both the tomato and avo was the same price on the menu. Fortunately the food was amazing and let me look over this minor inconvenience!
The big brekkie included the famous scrambled eggs which lived up to the hype. The mushrooms were well flavoured and non-greasy. The sour dough bread fresh and toasted golden. The pork and fennel sausages were the right size and not too over-bearing with fennel, as some breakfast sausages can be. Even the tomato (that I chose to keep) was fresh and perfectly ripe. The bacon was… well, just bacon.
The corn fritters were also just as good as my research had suggested. Plenty of fresh corn kernels, crispy, and surprisingly non-greasy. The fritters also included bacon, a roasted tomato and some fresh spinach. The suggestion of the avocado salsa (extra cost of course) was the perfect complement to the meal.
Return Factor? Don’t expect a cheap meal at Bill’s but do expect fresh and tasty meals with obvious attention to detail and much importance placed on quality ingredients. I felt our food was in line with the interior design – simple, minimalist, classic and of high quality. I would definitely return and would be happy to repeat this order (sans coffee) again.