Bill's Restaurant Review
Time to check out the newly-opened Bill's restaurant at the Highcross Leicester
When I’m back for the summer one of my favourite things to do is eat out, and with the recent restaurant additions in and around Leicester, there’s plenty of choice. One that I was keen to try was the much talked about Bill's. Many of my friends from Bournemouth have said good things, so I really wanted to try it for myself.
Taking my parents along for the evening as well, we went to Bills just after 8pm on the Saturday. I guess it was a pretty good sign that the restaurant was extremely busy. What I liked before sitting down was the look of the place. A contrast of minimalism and homely décor with wooden tables, open vents and rustic fences separating the tables.
So the look of the restaurant was a hit for me, even though everything looked very orange from the dim lighting as you can probably tell from the photos.
Something quite unique to Bill's is their food and homeware shop. You get given this brown paper bag and tick off what you’d like to take home with you. There’s a few nice little bits to pick from, especially if you’ve got a sweet tooth.
For starters we had on the table, fried squid, halloumi and quinoa salad and crab cakes. All of our starts were all great and suitably sized. Something I find with starters in some places is that they over quantify starters and fill you before mains. Bill's got this spot on.
Then for mains I was swayed by our waitress to try their limited two week special burger which consisted of a standard patty with pulled beef, mustard mayonnaise, tomato, onion rings and sweet potato fries which could be served medium. Now I’m not saying the burger wasn’t good, but it wasn’t particularly ‘special’ (sorry guys) and because of how busy the restaurant it arrived a little cold, something they apologised for thoroughly.
Both my mum and dad went for steaks, the rib eye and the rump with a peppercorn sauce and garlic butter. I was slightly jealous of my dad's rump steak as it had a really good charcoal taste to it (yes I did pinch a little bit).
After spying on the desert menu when we came in, we didn’t skip it! I went for the treacle tart, my favourite of the three courses, a lemon meringue cheesecake in a glass and a strawberry eton mess, which looked very messy, but tasted great according to the old man.
What I like about reviews is that it’s always great to chat to the people that run the restaurant and I’ll be honest to them how the meal is. What made Bill's for me, beside the food, was the staff, both the waitress and the manager were very welcoming and made the eating out experience a pleasant and unrushed one.