Exposed checks out Bill’s Restaurant Sheffield.
Boasting a menu that serves you ‘from breakfast to bedtime’; Bill’s is the burgeoning restaurant chain with all the charm of an independent venue. With cosy yet modern interior, you wouldn’t recognise the former vacuous unit that used to lie empty, just a stone’s throw from the Peace Gardens. The restaurant is divided into various sections, meaning you never feel too closely crowded in with your fellow diners, and is decorated in an industrial chic style that marries exposed brick with soft leather booths, chandeliers and re-claimed wooden furnishings. We’re shown to a round table for four and settle down to peruse the vast menu.
Feeling particularly ravenous on a late lunchtime, we opt for some snacks to tide us over before we even get to the starters. Crispy crumbed halloumi, deliciously sticky mini Cumberland sausages and fresh hummus and tzatziki dips stave off the hunger pangs, giving us a proper chance to contemplate the rest of our meal. A couple of us go for the lighter option of heirloom tomato and basil bruschetta, which packs a surprising punch with zingy dressing and plenty of garlic. We also opt for (a huge portion of) the squid rings which are nice and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Our final starter is the crab, prawn and chilli cakes, which have a nice kick to them, but are complemented by the accompanying cooling mango and spring onion salad.
Onto the mains, two of us can’t help but eye up the special crispy buttermilk chicken burger, which, we were informed, is out-selling every other item on the menu at the moment, including the famed classic Bill’s Burger. Luckily the dish lived up to the hype, with melted cheese smothering the crisp fried chicken which eschewed any preconceptions that chicken burgers tend to taste a bit on the bland side. One of the other dishes we ordered was the mighty pork ribs, which were a slow cooked sensation; smothered with barbecue sauce and served with skin on fries to mop up the excess. The portion size is generous here and they were a bit of a sticky struggle to tackle, though absolutely worth it, of course. The final dish was the rather more delicate sea bass, served with chunky tomato, avocado and caper salsa with a crispy spring onion and parsley potato rosti. With crispy seasoned skin and flaky flesh, the sea bass was cooked to perfection and beautifully balanced by the fresh salsa and herby potatoes.
The service here is hard to fault; the staff are friendly, obliging and extremely attentive without being over the top. With tasty food at extremely reasonable prices, you can’t really go wrong here. And if that’s not enough they also have a fully stocked shop of foodie gifts, perfect for a spot of shopping, especially as you don’t ever having to leave the table. We were lucky to sample a selection of this range as a member of staff brought us over a heaving hamper full at the end of the meal. With chocolate and truffles by Prestat, (the purveyors of artisan chocolate to none other than the Queen) as well as crumbly cookies, hand-pressed apple juice and pink lemonade, we were absolutely spoilt – and very popular when we returned to the office with the haul. And so we slunked back to our desks in the afternoon and tried our hardest not to slip into a food coma after consuming a commendable portion of the Bill’s lunch menu.
2 St Paul’s Place, 121 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 2JF
Tel: 0114 272 3342
Find more information here.