It’s almost Easter!

posted by bills on 25/03/2014

Pop in over the Easter weekend for some light relief from chocolate eggs and hot cross buns. We’ll be here every day, just changing our opening times slightly:

Friday 18th April – Darlinghurst open from 8.30am/Surry Hills open from 8am

Saturday 19th April – Darlinghurst open from 8.30am/Surry Hills open from 8am

Sunday 20th April – Darlinghurst open from 8.30am/Surry Hills open from 8am

Monday 21st April – Darlinghurst open from 8.30am/Surry Hills open from 8am CLOSED FOR DINNER

Audra’s Friday Night Dinners

posted by bills on 17/03/2014

Following the success of last month’s Friday Night Dinners, we can’t wait to let the lovely Audra Morrice loose in our Darlinghurst kitchen again. Her dinner on the 21st March will take us to China with some delicious sharing dishes.

Menu - Friday 21st March

prawn, pork, shiitake wontons, szechuan ginger dressing (vegetarian option available)

red braised pork belly – star anise, cinnamon, dark soy, rock sugar, dried chilli (vegetarian option – Szechuan style eggplant)

three pepper crispy chicken ribs – white, black and Szechuan peppers, smoked dried chilli (vegetarian option – three pepper crispy tofu,king mushrooms)

asian greens

sticky date pudding – burnt caramel, vanilla bean cream

$55 per person; seatings at 6.30pm and 8pm; booking essential,call ’02 9360 9631.

We are now also taking bookings for 18th April, 16th May and 13th June. Menus for later dates are coming soon, check back here.

The perfect brew

posted by bills on 05/03/2014

Why would you manually brew coffee when pressing a button on a fancy automatic coffee-maker seems so much more state of the art? Well, Andy, our head barista and resident coffee geek put us all straight when he introduced us to the Aeropress. It seems impossible to brew a bad cup with it! This simply designed little gadget is made of two cylinders  - the chamber where you place the paper filter and coffee, and the plunger. Then all you need is his obsessive precision in achieving the perfect grind, ideal temperature and ultimate seeping time.  Luckily for us, Andy and his team have fallen in love with the technical wizardry of it all and the result is a rich, full-bodied coffee without bitterness or sediment.

Come to bills in March you’ll be in for the rare treat of trying the coffee from Mengaya, in the remote Aceh region of Sumatra. The growers have experimented with a new style of cherry processing which combines the traditional drying of the beans with the more modern washed style. The coffee is full-bodied and rich, with great acidity, and the added complexity of a juicy sweet, syrupy finish. It’s quite unusual and has even been described as having ‘gummy bear’ aromas (sounds crazy, but it’s true!) with flavours of cassis, cherry & pineapple. If only March could last all year!

Audra’s Friday Night Dinners

posted by bills on 05/02/2014

We are so excited to announce that Masterchef’s delightful Audra Morrice
will again be gracing our Darlinghurst kitchen as she kicks off our series
of Friday Night Dinners on Friday 21st February. The dinners will showcase
her unique style of cooking, bringing together the rich influences of her
Indian Chinese Singaporean heritage and also taking inspiration from recent
travels to Chiang Mai, Cambodia and Japan. With a focus on shared plates,
you’ll get a chance to enjoy her delicious spicy Szechuan dressing, crispy
spicy chicken wings and Lemak chicken curry.

As Audra says:  “To feast with our eyes, nose and hands is to truly enjoy. In
my mind, it’s the art of eating!” We look forward to feasting with you soon!

We are now taking bookings for 21st February, 21st March, 18th April, 16th May
and 13th June.

Menu – Friday 21st February

son in law eggs – crumbed soft boiled eggs, chilli, tamarind, crispy shallots

sang choi bao – thai green curry paste, chicken, kaffir lime, coriander,
chillies, crispy shallots, roasted peanuts

nonya chicken curry – lemongrass, galangal, turmeric, chillies, coconut

greens and jasmine rice

bougatsa – semolina custard, golden cinnamon filo, vanilla cream

$55 per person; seatings at 6.30pm and 8pm; booking essential

Menus for later dates are coming soon, check back here.

We’re open on Australia Day

posted by bills on 21/01/2014

Australia Day is fast approaching and we’ll be celebrating all day.
Come get your Aussie pavlova from us at Darlinghurst or Surry Hills
and we’ll help you relax and kick your feet up.

Dinner at Surry Hills

posted by bills on 21/01/2014

We’re so excited about the new dishes on our summer dinner menu and
can’t wait to show them off to you. From our refreshing Hawaii-inspired
raw tuna, avocado and brown rice bowl with samphire and sesame to the
crispy pork belly and watermelon salad, packed with fragrant herbs and
cashews all tossed into a zingy dressing, there’s plenty to help you
cool down and relax into the evening.

And that’s just the beginning – 2014 promises to be a great year for
bills. We’ll keep you posted…

Vote for Bill’s Everyday Asian

posted by bills on 21/12/2013

Bill’s Everyday Asian is in the running for Chowhound January 2014 Cookbook
of the Month. See here and vote for us! Click on recommend in the replies
feed where
you see ‘Vote here for Bill’s Everyday Asian by Bill Granger’.

the bills silly season!

posted by bills on 03/12/2013

We’ll be taking a day off on Christmas Day and giving ourselves a late
start on the first day of 2014, other than that it’s business as usual!

Tuesday 24 Dec. OPEN
Wednesday 25 Dec. Taking a break…
Thursday 26 Dec. OPEN
Friday 27 Dec. OPEN
Saturday 28 Dec. OPEN
Sunday 29 Dec. OPEN
Monday 30 Dec. OPEN
Tuesday 31 Dec. OPEN
Wednesday 1 Jan. Darlinghurst from 8.30, Surry Hills from 7.00

Photography – Anson Smart

Woollahra is relocating…

posted by bills on 20/08/2013

La Dolce Vita

posted by bills on 09/08/2013

My latest book ‘Bill’s Italian Food’ first took shape during a family holiday to Puglia, in Southern Italy. It had been a busy year, working on menus and recipes for the opening of my London restaurant Granger & Co. I was so exhausted that for the first time in my life I felt I didn’t have it in me to cook another meal. But just like that, by the second day in our villa, my passion had been re-ignited. Seeing our Italian neighbour teaching the girls to make pasta, hearing the crackling of the logs in the pizza oven, it took no time at all for me to want to get back into the kitchen. It was then that I decided that I wanted to capture this passion for food Italy inspires in, and a cookbook came to life.

Italians certainly know how to live and at the heart of their lifestyle lies food. To them, food is about family, friends, relaxing together and enjoying life. Theirs is the relationship we should all have with eating and cooking, be it when throwing together an instant weekday meal, or while enjoying a long leisurely holiday lunch.

This book is all about that spirit, that love for simple, honest food that makes Italian food everybody’s favourite from London to Tokyo and Sydney to New York.