Let’s start from the beginning of the Sydney feast trip; Bills in Darlinghurst. Simon recommended we hit up the Darlinghurst cafe instead of the Surry Hills cafe as it has a better atmosphere. The Surry Hills cafe was closer to our accomodation, but we trekked a little further as to follow a local’s advice.
By this time (around 10.30am) I was glad there were a few tables free, as I was starving from being up so early, and having a chlorine croissant.
The first thing you notice as you walk through the door is the gorgeous over sized table, with a giant vase of cherry blossoms, a massive bowl of fresh eggs, and a selection of newspapers and magazines. I wish I could have taken the table home with me, but it would have taken up our whole living area! …. note to self… find a bigger place.
I’ve been wanting to go to any of Bill Granger’s cafes since I first started my blog. I have all his cookbooks and have always been eyeing off making that recipe for ricotta hotcakes with honeycomb butter and bananas. I’ve heard that the price of the hotcakes as gone up a bit since bananas have become a bit of luxury item as of late at $13/kg thanks to the cyclone.
Bills Homemade Lemonade $6.50 and Chai Tea $4.00
In the weeks leading up to us going up to Sydney, I had been studying the menu. I was glad breakfast was an all day option, and I would be guaranteed getting the hotcakes even if I couldn’t make breakfast time. When we arrived it was too early for lunch, so that provided me with less options (which was good!!) so it was hot cakes for me and two drinks…. cos I could 😛
Bills own organic coffee by single origin roasters; reg $3.90
Hamsley was surviving on coffee for the day, and I was going to get my energy from sugar as I don’t drink coffee. The coffee at Bills was Hamsley’s pick for the best coffee for our trip. I had a chai tea which was lovely and comforting, with the addition of honey. We shared a home made lemonade which, although was nice, wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. I wanted more fizz or tartness…..or both! Still delicious though.
Full Aussie Breakfast $24.50
Scrambled eggs, sourdough toast, bacon, roast tomato, chipolatas and mushrooms
Hamsley wanted something with bacon, and who wouldn’t. Whilst you could order anything with a side of bacon, the full Aussie breakie was the dish that called out to him on the menu. I secretly wished he ordered the corn cakes, but I’ll just have to next time we are up there 😉 There was sooooo much egg on his plate, it just went on forever! He said they tasted rather buttery, but everything else was fine. (He ordered sans tomato, he hates cooked tomato… just for those people who were trying to find the tomato in the picture… yes, you.)
Ricotta Hotcakes with fresh banana and honeycomb butter $17.50
I, of course couldn’t go past the ricotta hotcakes. WHICH I LOVED!!! So light and fluffy….. and with the caviar of fruit… banana! 😛 Can’t wait to make this dish at home, since Sydney is a bit far for me to travel for breakfast!
I’m so glad Bills lived up to my expectations that I’ve had for nearly 3 years. Service was friendly, atmosphere was gorgeous… I would have loved to have tried lunch and dinner at Bills, but we had a rule; don’t visit the same place twice in the trip. I’ll be cooking Bill Granger’s recipes in my kitchen till my next Sydney trip!