Every Bill Granger restaurant reflects the spirit we like to think of as ‘Australian’: sunny, easy-going and generous. Bill opened his first restaurant in Sydney’s Darlinghurst, after dropping out of art school, at the age of 24. Twenty years later, Bill’s relaxed and friendly approach to dining has become truly global. Granger's restaurants are highly regarded for their emphasis on seasonal fresh local-ingredient led dishes and an all-day dining offering. His fresh, no fuss approach to food and décor is characteristic of his restaurants globally. Popular for breakfast, brunch, lunch, cocktails and dinner, each restaurant is classy with an unpretentious interior that is light, spacious and complements the relaxed modern menu.
My favorite dish of his has to be the ricotta hotcakes with honeycomb butter, bananas and fresh maple syrup. These are the things dreams are made of. Light, fluffy, pillows of heaven that play host to the sweetness of the maple and honeycomb’s mingle. There are cults dedicated to these cakes. Sometimes its hard to decide whether to go sweet or savory at brunch, so thankfully, coming in a close second is an Aussie favorite – corn fritters. Sweet, juicy corn kernels bound together with a light batter and fried up in beautiful discs. Topped with bacon and avocado salsa, they are the perfect savory contrast to the subtle brekkie sweetness. (Yes, I have been known to be indecisive and order both at brunch, for just me). All this deliciousness coupled with the most incredible setting - at Bondi Beach no less!
Bill’s is so popular there are outposts now found in Japan, Honolulu, Korea, London and of course multiple locations in Sydney including Bondi Beach and Surry Hills. Lines are the norm at all the locations, but trust me, the wait is worth it. Bill single handedly started a pancake renaissance in the Far East. However, if there are non-pancakes eaters amongst your friends, fear not, the entire menu is fresh, delicious and worthy of a visit anytime of day.
Images courtesy of Bill's and the author.
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