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Friday, April 15, 2005

bills2, Surry Hills

Some might call it greed. I call it thoroughness.

And so in a selfless gesture to ensure Quality Assurance for you, dear reader, we found ourselves at bills2--just to double-check that Bill Granger's scrambled eggs are as equally good here as they were at bills in Darlinghurst.



It's 8.00am Thursday morning and the place is already 30% full with businessmen, couriers and a handful of Japanese tourists. The furniture is pretty much the same as Darlinghurst, although here there seems to be a more industrial-like coolness to the place with steel light fittings overhead, and of course, a more modern building.


The kitchen is tiny and is cleverly hidden behind a mirrored shelf-fitting holding wines, bottled water and Bill's cookbooks (bills food, sydney food and bills open kitchen). The shelf pictured is as long as the kitchen, which doesn't give the chefs much room at all.


Sunrise drink of fresh fruit, yoghurt and organic orange juice $5.00 (large available for $7.00)


Free-range scrambled eggs with wholewheat toast $11.50


Free range scrambled eggs with wholewheat toast $11.50
with fresh tomato $3.50
and bacon $3.80


Wholewheat toast with jam $4.50


Apple and ricotta fruit muffin $5.00


Homemade toasted coconut bread $5.50

*sigh* It was all so good.
I mean, inspection test passed and fit for consumption. Excessive consumption.

My eggs were a little more cooked than they were at Darlinghurst, but still soft, buttery and oh-so-creamy (so it should, with a third of a cup of cream in each serving, rants the nutritionist in one ear). And with the slab of butter served in-between your thick bits of toast, well, it's just too much effort to stop it from melting deliciously into every morsel of carb-filled goodness. There was a comment that the grilled tomatoes weren't very hot but otherwise it was good, as the ensuing silence testified.

I finally got to try the sunrise drink (which tasted much like strawberry drinking yoghurt--I'm not sure what I was expecting but I was disappointingly non-plussed); the fruit muffin (packed full of apples and baked with a ripple of ricotta) and the homemade coconut bread (dense, rich and very filling).

I struggled to finish my eggs and toast (yes, I know, probably something to do with the bucket of cream involved) but we all agreed that we would definitely prefer to breakfast here than pay $22+ for a buffet breakfast at a 4-star hotel.

Enjoyably decadent.


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bills Surry Hills
359 Crown Street, Surry Hills Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9360 4762

Breakfast menu / Lunch menu / Dinner menu

Open: 7am - 10pm 7 days


This has been included on Grab Your Fork's Top 10 Sydney Eats for Tourists. Read the entire list here.

Related GrabYourFork posts:
bills Surry Hills (dinner)
bills Darlinghurst
bills Woollahra (Jun 2007)
bills Woollahra (Jan 2007)

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 4/15/2005 11:59:00 pm


10 Comments:

  • At 4/16/2005 12:40 am, Blogger SiaoChaBoa said…

    Hey..AG,
    I didn't have a great breakfast this morning.. coz' i didn't have eggs..! so ready yer post makes me envious.. and oh-so hungry.. for some eggs..!

     
  • At 4/16/2005 11:09 am, Blogger Ben said…

    It's a bills-a-thon!

    I really must get along for brekkie - I've loved his books for quite a while.

     
  • At 4/16/2005 6:14 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi MrsT - Awww. Hope the post wasn't too eggs-cruciating for you. Shopping for eggs today I hope!

    Hi Ben - You should. His eggs will Change Your Life! You'll have to check out both of course... for research purposes...

     
  • At 4/16/2005 7:21 pm, Anonymous Allen said…

    Well my friend, you've outdone yourself this time... i'm on the next flight to Sydney!!! (ah, if only that were possible) I found the entry quite "eggs-cruciating" myself.. I hope to open a restaurant or cafe that wields that much respect. But isn't that every restaurateur's fantasy? I would love to see more photos of what bills' looks like on the inside... as always.. great photos, great thoughts, and great food!

     
  • At 4/16/2005 11:32 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Allen - Excellent! When do you arrive? =)

    Sorry I didn't satiate your interior design curiosity. I thought I did pretty well as it was! =P

    Glad you enjoyed the post. Good luck with your restaurant venturing. If you ever need a volunteer to consume and photograph, I am available at the clang of a saucepan! =)

     
  • At 4/18/2005 3:34 am, Anonymous Julia said…

    Hi AG,

    Wonderful breakfast you had there. There's nothing like a great brekkie to start the day, eh? :) I can see that we both like our eggs, butter, and carbs. Must be a nutritionist's nightmare.

     
  • At 4/20/2005 1:33 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Julia - They do say that breakfast should be the biggest meal of the day!

    I'm not a huge brekkie person but you can't beat simple fluffy melt-in-the-mouth scrambled eggs and thick doorstop tasty toast.

    And everything in moderation hey? Life's too short...

     
  • At 10/30/2007 1:21 pm, Anonymous Jen.S said…

    I tried both the corn fritters and the ricotta pancakes. Both were really well made...definitly worth a try. I haven't tried the eggs though i might if i ever get to try all the other places you've enticed me to visit.

     
  • At 11/01/2007 10:07 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Jen S - The eggs are actually quite easy to recreate at home but the ricotta hotcakes... mmm... now that's all kinds of delicious!

     
  • At 8/10/2013 1:18 pm, Blogger Shane Stevens said…

    Been trying to imitate their delicious gourmet food the apple and ricotta fruit muffin but to no avail though... :'(

     

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