Bills, Surry Hills

hot chocolate

Bill Granger is the undisputed King of Breakfast – the man built his empire on scrambled eggs. His restaurants are world-famous, but until recently I had never visited any of them. Having breakfast at Bills seems so Sydney, like having a pie at Harry’s Café de Wheels in Wooloomooloo late on a Saturday night. So when I had an interstate visitor, a trip to the Surry Hills restaurant was definitely on the eating itinerary. Coffee and hot chocolate was the only way to start off the chilly morning. I am fussy about good coffee, and the long black was the nicest I’d had in a long time. The hot chocolate came with Callebaut pieces that could were stirred into the hot milk.

ricotta hotcakes

I had the Ricotta Hotcakes with Fresh Banana and Honeycomb Butter ($16.60) and yes, they were every bit as delicious as they sound. They were perfect – beautifully light and fluffy, and the ricotta really works well in the hotcake. The honeycomb butter makes these a supremely decadent breakfast, especially when doused them with lots of maple syrup. I thoroughly enjoyed this dish, but struggled to finish it.

scrambled eggs

As I mentioned before, Bill Granger became famous for his Scrambled Organic Eggs ($12.80), and they are a staple on all of his three restaurant menus, served with crusty sourdough toast. For a dish that contains a heck of a lot of cream, the eggs were surprisingly light. You can find the recipe for Bill’s scrambled eggs here.

coconut bread

We also shared some Homemade Toasted Coconut Bread ($5.80) which I have made at home in the past from Bill’s book ‘Sydney Food’. It is dense and definitely more bread-like than cake-like, but still absolutely delicious, especially when toasted with lots of butter. When we got the bill, I realised this was probably the most expensive breakfast I’ve ever had in my life, but I think it was worth it for a special treat.

Bills – 359 Crown St, Surry Hills

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19 Comments on “Bills, Surry Hills”

  1. I ordered these as well, except for the coffee and the chocolate. The sunrise smoothie is amazing! Plus I am still not convinced that Sydney coffee is as good as what I used to have in Melbourne. Next time I will try the hot chocolate!!

  2. the coconut bread sounds yummy, yes, but i can't tear my eyes away from those hotcakes! there would be no stopping me with a creation such as that–i'd pop my gut before i claimed to be full and gave up. 🙂

  3. Yummmm! Those pancakes look incredible & the hot chocolate to die for. That's the drink for me! Scramble eggs are hands down my favourite & those don't look they'd disappoint in the slightest. Breakfast of champions; best meal of the day!

  4. Yum, bills is one of my favourite brekkie places. Everytime I go I get the hotcakes or the corn fritters, they are so amazing! How great is the hot chocolate, I love stirring all that gooey chocolate in 🙂

  5. Ahaa…! Mouthwatering pics. I love breakfast too and hardly skip it. How cool idea of having a healthy breakfast with a friend in comfy place. 🙂
    btw, I can't open your link for Bill Granger's scrambled egg recipe.

  6. Wow, this all looks so delicious. If it was gluten-free, I'd be booking my ticket for my next trip to Oz right now!! Next best thing: I'm going to have my friends go there, ring me up while they're eating, I'll pull up your blog pics, and we'll pretend we're all together. Thanks for "getting us together" for brekkie!!

  7. Queen of Thoughts, thank you for your lovely words. You made my day!

    Amanda Nicole, I think I'm slowly becoming a breakfast person too!

    Natalie, I hope they inspired you to eat something delicious 🙂

    Grace, the hotcakes were the highlight for me, definitely! I'll have to try Bill's recipe at home!

    Anh, I looked at the smoothies, but desperately needed caffeine, I'll have to try that next time! I agree, Melbourne coffee seems to be consistently good where ever you go.

    Lis, the pancakes were amazing and the scrambled eggs got a good review from my travel buddy as well!

    Helen, I know, it's the best excuse isn't it! 🙂

    Jennifer, it was, I can assure you!

    Stephcookie, the corn fritters lost out to the hotcakes, I'm afraid. Will have to try them next time!

    Lorraine, yeah it was expensive but I think we all deserve a treat every now and then! Will have to try making the ricotta hotcakes at home now!

    Sonu, I've fixed the link to the scrambled eggs recipe! Thanks.

    Ceilithe, aww that's a lovely scenario 🙂

  8. Wow, it looks like he has protected his reputation– scrambled eggs that look that perfect are notoriously difficult (at least to me)!

  9. Thank you Lisa for that link. I browsed through and it's really awesome website. Thank you very much. I wish we had Bill Granger's restaurant in Melbourne. I am going to try his scrambled eggs recipe soon. 🙂

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