We delayed going to Hilli’s as our meal 2 years ago was not very good. But I wish we’d gone sooner so we could have had 2 meals on this visit.
There’s been a new chef since, I think, June of last year and he is definitely world class.
To start my husband had the risotto of the day which was pumpkin, shallots and herbs from memory. He enjoyed every mouthful.
My choice was the Beetroot – yes you read it right! It was a carpaccio of beetroot accompanied by goats’ cheese pannacotta with pureed beetroot. There was more to it than that but it was, quite simply, superb. It was an unusual choice for me but I’m still thinking about it.
For mains, we both chose the duck. There were moist slices of duck breast on creamed pumpkin and silverbeet. Plus spring rolls of confit duck. Absolute perfection.
The waitress was friendly, efficient and really interested in what we thought about the food. And it was great to see the interaction with the chef – she was so pleased to tell him our positive reactions.
The winelist at Hilli’s is good and not exhorbitantly priced. Our total bill, while not cheap, was far better value than a couple of the other, much worse, meals we had during this trip. My only regret is that we decided we didn’t have room for dessert. We should have found room!
I’ve said before that the problem with Norfolk restaurants is that chefs change quite frequently as just about always they are visitors on permits who do not necessarily stay for very long. In fact, we tried to get the chef to promise he’d still be there next year when we visit. But I’m not confident he will be and will check before I book next year.
So, as at February 2012 (and probably since around June 2011) the chef produces outstanding food and is backed up by a committed and efficient waitress. But I recommend anyone should check before they go. A new chef might not be as good. He might even be better – but I very much doubt it!