It wasn't until I read a blog post by author and food guru David Lebovitz that i ventured down the 'other end' of Surry Hills and decided to check out Bills. (http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2011/10/sydney-australia-restaurants-dining/)
There were 3 couples ahead of us at around 9.15am and we were asked to wait outside to be seated.The maitre d was a tad overdressed for breakfast service. The tight black evening dress and heels didn't quite match the brekky crowd dressed in what ever they could yank out of their Sunday morning pile of clothes. We were seated inside after a 15 min wait which wasn't too bad considering the rave reviews about Bills brekky.
The table we were seated at had me pushed up against a wall to my left with a long mirror, with the table to my right very close you could hardly move. Even getting to my seat was a chore since the tables are so close you almost need to excuse yourself while your butt swipes the salt and pepper shakers off the table(and hey my butts not even Kim
K-like!) I asked if we could move to a table outside which I was eyeing off from the moment we got there. The maitre d seems to have an "oh is it free?" moment to which I though how could you miss it this whole time.
ok moving right along now.
Bills own organic coffee by Single Origin Roasters - this was good but not as great as David lebovitz claimed it was(sorry Dave!) "One cup of just regular drip coffee that I had at Bills from Single Origin Roasters made me want to cry. Seriously. If I didn’t want to disrupt the diners enjoying their meals in the cool-white atmosphere, I would have had a little breakdown while sipping my coffee in the corner." hmm yours must've been 'spesh'.
So we waited a solid 40 mins before our breakfast hit the table.
Scrambled organic eggs with sourdough toast - this was worth the wait. Velvety, delicious eggs, I want that recipe!
Ricotta hotcakes with fresh banana and honeycomb butter - I was really looking forward to this. I couldn't take the 'honeycomb' in the butter. Even after drizzling the maple syrup it lacked flavour. The ricotta which was concealed in the hotcakes was also bland. It lacked creaminess and flavour, was almost a fat free ricotta which was soaked in water to remove any traces of flavour. This needs a bit of love.
I'll be back though. Bills deserves a second chance.
Tip: make sure you don't rock up after 10am otherwise be prepared just jump on the end of a looooong queue.
The menu: http://www.bills.com.au/pdf/Surry%20Hills%20Menu%20board.pdf
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.