Quirky. Authentic. Original. And that’s just the interior. You’d never believe this was part of a fast-growing national chain of restaurants as this Bill’s has a very hands-on, personal approach to the décor, food and service.
Chunky wooden furniture and the industrial aluminium pipes are softened by cascades of chillies hanging from the rafters and glass chandeliers. The interior is nothing if not eclectic – it’s been converted from a cavernous Methodist Church. The food, on the other hand, is consistently well-balanced. As Bill, (yes, there is a face to the brand), used to be a grocer extraordinaire on the South Coast, you’ll find more than a touch of the homemade on the menu (think marmalade, relishes and breads, many of which are on sale in the entrance).
A nod to the more health-conscious patron means a variety of options other than burger in a bun/steak/fries offered at so many other restaurants. A vegetarian would have more than one dish to choose from – shock, horror! (The veggie breakfast has become a bit of an institution). Don’t forget the deserts. Hard pressed to choose a favourite, it would have to be the warm cinnamon doughnuts with chocolate dipping sauce, a perfectly reasonable and delectable choice at any time of day.