If you live in London – or visit the Capital regularly – you’ll be no stranger to Bill’s Restaurant. It was my visits to London which introduced me to this eatery, in particularly London’s obsession to dine out for tasty brunch. Many times I popped out to meet my down South friends for a full English breakfast, or eggs and avocado on toast, at around 11am on a weekend. Each time, I was never disappointed.
So you can imagine my happiness when I spotted a Bills Restaurant open up on John Dalton Street, just off Deansgate in Manchester. I think it opened back in 2014 (or maybe early 2015), because I spend a lot of time working in Spinningfields, therefore I spotted it as soon as it launched. The pretty, quirky decor, the quaint little tables situated outside, and it’s warm, friendly appearance.
I didn’t get chance to dine here until recently, where myself and three friends popped down at around 4pm on a Sunday. Don’t get me wrong – I would never refuse going out for a traditional British Sunday roast – but it wouldn’t be something I would chose myself. I was personally much more looking forward to indulging in Bill’s menu on a Sunday afternoon, with the idea of a tasty, healthy-ish dish, instead.
The menu is fairly extensive, with lots of main meal options catered for a wide range of tastes. To me, that’s always a sign of a good dining out experience, when the mains are diverse enough to attract everyone, meaning I sometimes stare at the list slightly confused at the option to select. This is always a good sign – when you really can’t chose because you are simply spoilt for choice.
After observing the choices, I decided to settle for grilled sea bass fillets, as I urgently needed a dose of healthy food. The fish comes with cherry tomatoes, avocado and caper salsa, and a pan fried potato rosti. My guests went for different options so we could each experience three type of foods: my sister going for the amazing buttermilk fried chicken burger, and my friend going for one of the specials, which was a huge breaded chicken dish with rosemary, resembling a large chicken schnitzel. This one was a close second for me- I do love a good breaded chicken!
To start with, we shared a bowl of spiced tortillas which came with dips. I’m a little sensitive with cheese, so it was lovely to see a nacho/tortilla type sharer that didn’t come with cheese. Finally! The dips featured tzatziki, guacamole and tomato salsa, and I have to say that the guacamole was possibly the most delicious guacamole I’ve ever tasted! A very rich and creamy avocado taste, with a hint of lime or some sort of zesty kick…
The range of starters and sharers again are extensive, making it tempting to go for a few. For my next visit, I’d be keen to try out some of the breads, in particular the mini Cumberland sausage bread with honey and grain mustard. How incredible does that sound? Especially in the morning! Who needs a bog standard sausage sandwich?
We ordered a couple of fresh fruit juices (and a soya latte for me) whilst sharing the tortillas, catching up on the weeks events. The tortillas were just enough to satisfy us before our mains arrived.
For an extra health kick, we ordered a side of long stem broccoli with garlic butter and toasted seeds. The broccoli tasted so fresh, with a slight crunch. It’s amazing how a touch of garlic and seeds can taste up broccoli so much too!
The mains cost around £10, with the exception of mine being a little more expensive seeing as it was a fish dish. All portion sizes were of a great size – I do love to receive a plate full! The sea bass was so soft, complimented well with the yummy potato rosti and a little kick of salsa. I thoroughly enjoyed the dish, and they was nothing bland or plain about this fish serving.
I did have slight food envy when the chicken burger arrived, complete with sweet potato fries, avocado slices and chipotle mayo, but hey, that happens when someone orders a stacked up burger!
Bill’s in Manchester also has a little quirky, market style shop inside the restaurant, selling little food and drink treats. What a lovely little touch, adding to the unique and quaint vibe the eatery has.
Service was brilliant; the staff gave us a warm welcome and were more than attentive throughout our visit. They advised on order choices and attended to us quickly with a friendly manner. Not much more we could have asked for!
Thank you Bill’s for the nicest of eating experiences. I know for sure I’ll be returning…