Sunday, 18 April 2010
Is the crown slipping? Is Bill's still as good as it used to be?
On Saturday I went for breakfast at Bills in Woollarha. Having not had the scrambled eggs since my first visit to Bills in 2005 I resolved to try them for a second time. The texture was fantastic; smooth, light and fluffy. However, the flavour wasn't remarkable and I ended up adding quite a lot of seasoning to the eggs.
At the end of breakfast there were six empty plates and satisfied people sitting round the table. The food is still good (or even great), the portions an excellent size and popularity hasn't pushed up the prices. However, Dave made a very telling comment when we were looking at the menus. Five or six years ago Bills was streaks ahead in the Sydney breakfast scene. Now there are a lot of good cafes out there, Bills can still mix it with the best of them, but is no longer out in front.
That's great news if you like to explore new places in Sydney, but slightly sad if you are a Bills fan.
However, when we left the restaurant I saw Bill in flesh for the first time walking down the street with two of his children. It was enough to put a smile back on my face.