Bill’s Restaurant and Bar has had a great new look for their Bullring restaurant. Whilst staying true to its roots, the restaurant has undergone a transformation and there’s a stunning outdoor terrace overlooking St Martin’s Square which is perfect for enjoying the sunshine and for a rest after shopping nearby.
Bill Collison, Founder of Bill’s, says, “Good quality food in a welcoming environment has always been at the core of Bill’s, which we why we felt a fresh new look for Birmingham was necessary. We are proud to create restaurants that are full of vibrant colour and vintage trinkets, many of which I have handpicked myself. I believe that the new look transcends all dining times which will only enhance our diners experience and showcase our food and drink offering, so join us for dinner when the restaurant comes alive, the lights are turned down and the beautiful candles flicker”. I loved the quirky decor which was functional and comfortable as well as looking good.
Although the restaurant interiors have had a revamp, the food is still at the very core of every Bill’s restaurant, with the group recently enhancing their evening offering. The menu has always had a strong emphasis on vegetarian food and fresh produce which stems from founder Bill Collison’s days as a greengrocer and the basis of his first restaurant in Lewes. They have introduced seasonal changes to their menus and have recently launched their summer menu. There’s certainly an emphasis on fresh and in-season ingredients and they have been showcased in this new menu.
I started with the very summery sounding Crispy Feta and Watermelon Salad and my dinner companion had the Chicken and Sesame Dumplings. I loved the freshness of my salad. I’ve never tried the combination of watermelon and feta before and it was a winner. The feta was soft inside the crispy deep fried batter and the watermelon added some appealing crunch. The salad included olives, green chilli, red onion and mint making this a lovely summer salad with a touch of chilli bite.
For main course I had the Crab and Courgette Risotto and my guest had the Paprika, Garli and Chilli Roasted Half Chicken (which I’d been tempted to have too). I really enjoyed the risotto: the rice was well cooked and the crab added some substance and taste. There were courgette pieces in the risotto, but apart from those I didn’t really pick up on any courgette flavours, but you could taste the smoky tomato stock that it had been cooked in. The Paprika, Garli and Chilli Roasted Half Chicken was tender and flavoursome. It was nicely moist and well seasoned. It came with fries which were the perfect accompaniment.
Bill’s certainly seems to have captured the season of summer with its menu. The food was light and the fresh, seasonal produce allowed to shine though. It’s a lovely place to sit and eat and there are plenty of windows (or the terrace) where you can look out and watch the world go by.
Disclosure: I was provided with a complementary meal for the purposes of this review, but my views are my own.