Since its incarnation back in 2000, Bill’s has slowly become one of the UK’s staple cafes. But with time and the ever-changing ways we consume food, Bill’s has had to evolve its restaurant experience and this evolution is best exemplified by its newly opened restaurant in Covent Garden St Martin’s Courtyard.
On arrival, the immediate thought that comes to mind when entering the new Bill’s is its homely and natural feel. Filled with a plethora of greenery you almost feel you’re in a botanical garden with its array of dangling plants. Comfy sofas replace the standard wooden chair that you’re used to at restaurants, plus, throw in the vases, copious trinkets, worn cabinets and more all help to create this relaxed feel. But there’s a subtle grandness about this Bill’s that can’t be negated; the high ceiling, fine china and chic London interior evoke a sense of class to Bill’s restaurant.
Our host for the day was Sarah, who knew we were famished and requested we try some cocktails. Of course, we obliged and with her recommendation had the English Country Garden which is an elderflower gin aperitif with wild Sussex elderflower cordial, lime juice, topped with cloudy apple juice. As well as the Bramble Mojito that comes with a rum, blackberry purée, fresh mint, vanilla, lime juice, topped with soda water. Both were delectable treats that are dominated by its flavours and nicely hide the alcohol which creeps in unknowingly.
For our starters, we tried the spicy lamb and beef meatballs with the crab and avocado being our additional choice. I’m a big meatball fan and have had various forms of meatballs in my years and I can honestly say Bill’s’ meatballs are up there with the best. They’re glazed with chilli jam which acts like a non-secret ingredient and amplifies the flavours of the meat with the sweet tasting glaze. The starters are very small so we recommend you consider it as a tapas set up and get a few starters, especially if you’re in a small or large group.
The mains, I had to try Bill’s’ renowned Bill’s’ Hamburger with bacon and cheese with a side of sweet potato fries, as well as their halloumi burger with thick cut chips. The burger was scrumptious and well worth all adulation it receives; I had it medium and the meat was the perfect texture for it to perfectly soak up the sauces, in particular, the tomato chutney. While the burger was incredibly tasty, it could’ve done with more cheese for me, but that’s cause I’m a cheese lover. The halloumi burger was very fresh and healthy tasting, it almost felt like the most innocent option for a burger. It comes with rosemary chips and aioli dip and is certainly filling for those big eaters out there.
For dessert, we shared a caramel banoffee sundae which for me who doesn’t have a sweet tooth but still want something to help quash down your meal then this is a great choice. The chocolate has a light taste and complements the ice cream and caramel which both steal the show. The restaurant has a vast bar that’ll work great for post-work drinks and given its decor we can only imagine how great the spot will be in the summer months.