Bills, Surry Hills, Sydney

It's been around 10 years since I first went to Bills for breakfast in Surry Hills. I remember we had to wake up early to get there as we knew that his famous creamy scrambled eggs and popularity would mean that if we were to go any later, we would be waiting forever for a table.

Fast forward all these years and we decided to drop by Bills again for breakfast. Not expecting a crowd, we rocked up around 930am (luckily it wasn't too hard finding parking for once!). When we got to Bills, there was already a line outside! Perhaps I should have been a bit more wary as a Japanese colleague of mine mentioned that he was super popular in Japan with 2 restaurants in Tokyo now and I could see around half of the customers did seem to speak Japanese, lol.

A quick chat to the waiter and he mentioned a 30 minute wait - groannnnn.... Having made the effort to come here we decided to wait. Thankfully, the wait was much less than 30 minutes as a few early risers were polishing off their meals and freed up some tables.

Ricotta hotcakes - $22 - Having tried to scramble eggs many years ago, this time we went for the hotcakes. A disc of honey comb butter sat on top a hill of three hotcakes dusted with icing sugar. Inside, creamy chunks of ricotta. The most amazing thing about these hotcakes I think is the texture - so damn fluffy and light it was almost like eating a sponge cake. Drizzled with maple syrup, we cleaned up this dish in no time.

Latte - $4.10 - single origin beans, smooth smooth coffee.

Corn fritters with avocado salsa (+$4) - $23  - Our other option was on the savoury side. There is a option of having avocado salsa and in my hesitation in ordering, agreed with the waitresses recommendation to order it also. It was a great suggestion as the avocado really elevated the dish. The corn fritters weren't bad, crispy on the outside with kernels of juicy corn, but when slathered with the avo paste it just tasted so much better. The other surprising highlight of the dish was the bacon! Not sure if it was just because I hadn't eaten bacon in a while, but this was particularly delicious. Soft with just the right amount of crunchy bits, tender and not dry and salty but not too salty. Amazeballs.

The staff were great, friendly and attentive. We also had a good food voucher gift card and usually the staff at restaurants have no idea how to process but here the manager was knowledgeable and friendly and processed it without a fuss.

Not a cheap breakfast by any means, but once in a while a gourmet breakfast feels just right.

Bills Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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