Bill’s opened up three years ago in Leeds and it’s taken me till this year before visiting. In all honesty, I didn’t see the hype or the need to go, until now. Before, it was just another breakfast and brunch place which looked the same as all the others. Now, they’ve had a total makeover, making it a quirky space full of details to feast your eyes on in the bar area. The restaurant has what I imagine a Cuban feel to it with plantation shutters and bold colours. Aside from checking out the new interiors, my plus one and I got to try their food and drinks menu.
Bar and Drinks Menu
On arrival we were shown into their bar area on the left hand side of the entrance. It was quiet when we arrived but it soon filled up with thirsty guests aaand live music. It was a really nice addition to the evening, really talented guy on guitar and song. If you want to drink to live music, make sure to go on a Friday evening between 7pm – 9pm.
The drinks menu is full of tasty sounding cocktails but i stuck to Collins. First up – Apple & Elderflower Collins. It’s originally served with Somerset apple brandy but we asked for gin instead, mixed with elderflower, cloudy apple juice, lemon and soda. Secondly, their signature Collins – Bill’s Collins, Wyborowa vodka, rhubarb liqueur, lime, grapefruit bitters, pink lemonade. The first is very refreshing and one I’d easily order again. The latter, a mix between sweet and sour but something didn’t sit quite right. I couldn’t finish it which is unusual for me.
Restaurant and Dinner Menu
On the other side of the narrow entrance hall you find the restaurant, a quieter space in the venue. It is a big open space, sectioned into three areas to give a cosier feel. If you want to rent out Bill’s for private parties, they also have an upstairs area with an outdoor terrace.
Earlier in the day I had a quick look at Bill’s dinner menu and noted that deciding on what to eat would be tricky, so many mouthwatering options. Luckily the restaurant had already drawn up a specific menu for their opening event, with a smaller selection to make it easier to narrow down. Speaking to A, we decided to go for different options to make it more fun.
I ended up ordering Chicken & Sesame Dumplings for starters, Kashmiri Lamb Chank for main and finished with a Melting Banoffee Sundae as I had craved banoffee pie earlier in the week. A went for seafood for both starter (Seared Prawns with Chilli and Garlic) and main (King Prawn Risotto) and Lemon Meringue Pie (served in a glass) to finish. I tried the prawn risotto and when I go back next time (yes I’ll be back) I’m so having that! I might very likely also have the lemon meringue pie dessert. It’s a big portion though so you could get away sharing between two.
Saying this, I truly enjoyed the food I had on this evening. The dumplings very cooked perfectly and was paired with a lovely chutney. A very generous portion as well. So was the main. The lamb fell off the bone, a good sign of well cooked meat. The meat is cooked in a cashew and tomato sauce which gives it a lovely flavour. Paired with a coconut rice salad it feels like a healthy option. The dessert on the other hand is not but I didn’t feel bad. Served in a tin glass are layers of salted caramel ice cream, banana, biscuit chunks and whipped cream, topped with a chocolate sphere which melts once the hot salted caramel sauce pours over it.
Have you ever been to a Bill’s restaurant before? Do you have a favourite from their menu? If you haven’t been to their branch in Leeds yet – go, go, go! They’re on the end of Albion Street, a stone throw from The Lost & Found.
*I was kindly invited by Bill’s to come and experience their newly refurbished restaurant and try a selection of their dinner menu and cocktails in return for this post. As always, photos, words and views are my own.