It is lovely visiting and reviewing new restaurants but one of my favourite things is going back after a while and seeing how they have grown. I first reviewed Bill’s back in September when it was new to Manchester albeit it not new as a restaurant concept. With an updated menu for the summer we popped back in to see how they were settling into our great city.
Settled with a refreshingly long cocktail Charlie and I spent a fair while perusing the menu before totally handing ourselves over to the recommendations of the wait staff. The menu itself feels more streamlined although sticks to its British Mediterranean fusion with fresh flavours throughout.
The mini Cumberland sausages with a honey mustard glaze were sweetly sticky which cut through the fattiness of the sausage itself. The perfect nibble and something I would always gravitate towards on a buffet.
My absolute favourite was the crispy crumbed halloumi with its lightly melted cheese centre and, as described, crispy outer. The garlic mayonnaise accompaniment had a great kick of garlic that was welcomed, no ‘touch of flavour’ with this one and it complimented the halloumi beautifully.
The spiced tortilla chips were light and crispy yet in huge pieces which I really liked. It meant they didn’t break up so easily when scooping out the dips, of which, the fresh tasting tzatziki was my favourite. I got very little of the guacamole as Charlie is a huge fan however it was spiked with garlic and lemon with lots of chunks still remaining.
The wait staff recommended the green Thai curry so I decided to go with what they said especially considering they got the starter so right. Soft and juicy chicken chunks and crunchy vegetables are served in a light and fragrant sauce, sticky rice and a generous slab of warm piadina bread. There’s a light creaminess to the sauce but it isn’t heavy like other Thai curries I have tried. This combined with the lightly crunchy vegetables makes it the perfect summer dish and I’ll certainly be coming back for it again.
Charlie chose the English rump of lamb served delicately pink advertised as being served on a lamb and lentil moussaka. I was under the impression moussaka was a layered potato dish and this was more of a dahl style dish although the flavours worked well together. The caper salsa dressing finished it off nicely with the freshness cutting through the fatty flavours of the meat.
The side dishes were particularly exciting to me especially the kale chips. Every fitness lover’s dream these are dressed in olive oil, vinegar and a grind of salt making them incredibly moreish whilst being delightfully healthy to the clean eater, as was the broccoli. Spiked with chunky pieces of chilli to add a little heat with sesame seeds to add a bit of toasty flavour the tenderstems were a great accompaniment and we didn’t even eat them with cutlery, slightly embarrassing but too good not to.
Onto dessert and I couldn’t resist the warm cinnamon mini doughnuts. Cooked perfectly so light and fluffy on the inside with a generous sprinkle of cinnamon sugar, they were served with a fairly thin chocolate sauce which coated them well without being too thick and rich.
Charlie went for the lemon meringue pie cheesecake in a glass with a lovely buttery crumb base, zesty and sharp lemon curd filling and a poppy seed speckled meringue. The meringue was the winning element for me, I love a poppy seed and this was a lovely change to a regular meringue topping.
A lovely afternoon was had and I love the chilled out atmosphere at Bill’s. It is perfect for a lazy Sunday brunch or an informal date especially whilst it is separated into different areas. Sit by the window and watch the world pass by, it is worth it.
We dined as guests of Bill’s and weren’t asked to pay for our food or drinks.