After years of lining up for Bill Granger's crispy corn fritters, fluffy ricotta pancakes and scrumptious scrambled eggs in the Surry Hills and Darlinghurst locations, we jumped for joy when we heard a third location was opening up shop in sunny Bondi, and knew we had to head in quick smart.
Sitting in the middle of bustling Hall Street, bills has a similar bright, light-filled interior to its inner-city counterparts, complete with cherry blossoms to complement the restaurant's zen feel and Asian twist on the menu.
While the cocktails looked mighty tempting (hello, bills spiced bloody mary with Korean chilli, lime and coriander) we kept it dignified, starting off by sipping on a deliciously refreshing but not too heavy spiced chai and almond frappe, and a raw smoothie with kale, pineapple, coconut water, coriander and a spicy kick of cayenne. If you choose to take the sinful route, the fudge chocolate or salted caramel shakes looked devilishly good.
You'll find all of Granger's classics on the menu, as well as a few new surprises. We couldn't go past the chilled tea smoked trout with green tea noodles, daikon sea purslane and soy mirin dressing. Perfectly balanced and bursting with morsels of flavour, we can't even express how soul-satisfyingly delicious this dish was in its own special way. We actually started to get upset halfway through the dish when we realised it would eventually end.
On the other side of the table sat the citrus quinoa salad with sunflower seeds, beetroot, zucchini and feta that was perfectly refreshing and just the right balance of crunchy and soft. We added a bit of that delectable tea smoked salmon, because the food envy would have been off the charts.
Speaking of food envy, a second visit is imminent after seeing some of the other tempting items floating by. Our next trip might be a little less on the healthy side, and a lot more on the wagyu burger or pork belly side of things.
Dessert-wise, the selection of cakes came calling, and the pistachio pavlova with passionfruit and yoghurt cream was a heavenly mix of creamy, tart and crunch that saw us take on a sword fight with our spoons for the last bite.
Like a t-shirt from a roadside vendor in Thailand, bills Bondi is same same, but different to its city siblings, but in the best way possible.
Image credit: Anson Smart for bills