Bill Granger

The Sydney Weekend #2: Bill Granger's Cafe

3/08/2005 11:12:00 PM

We arrived in Sydney at about 10:30 on Friday morning, dumped the bags at the hotel, and An & I headed straight to Bill Granger’s café, bills 2 in Surry Hills. Coincidentally, it was only a short walk from the hotel.

And guess what restaurant is just two doors down from bills 2?? Kylie Kwong’s restaurant, Billy Kwong!!

Look, it's Kylie Kwong at billy kwong!

Whilst I was forcing An to take that photo of me, an employee walked into the restaurant, and looked at us like we were weird.

Anyway, on to bills 2. I have recently become a Bill Granger fan on the recommendation of some fellow forum members at I’ve bought one of his books, bills food, and seen his program on Lifestyle. They’re both great.

bills 2

The café itself is a relatively small area, with large windows, a stainless steel bar, wooden seats, round and square tables and a padded bank of seats along the windows. One wall is entirely filled with a huge blackboard upon which the menu is written.

And the food! An had a perfect latte, followed by Bill's famous ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter. I only had a bite of them, but they were beautiful. There’s a recipe for them in one of his books…

Bill's famous ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter

I wasn’t in the mood for anything sweet, so I chose a Softshell Crab Sandwich with Cucumber, Watercress and Remoulade, on wholemeal baguette with dressed baby cos lettuce on the side. The bread was chewy, the crab was crunchy, quite salty, juicy and oily. Highly delicious and substantial! And totally worth the $19.50 that it cost.

Me and my sandwich

Bill’s hot chocolate is beautiful! They warm the glass, chuck some chocolate chips around the side, let them melt and pour steamed milk over. Warm and sweet and comforting…

bill’s hot chocolate and An’s 2nd latte

Here's the menu! I took it at super-high quality so that you can download it and zoom in and read it in all its glory!

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