Bill Granger is famous the world over. So famous he is, in fact, that when word got out that a Bill’s opened in London’s Covent Garden, our hearts skipped a beat thinking that the famous ricotta hotcakes had migrated their way to the northern hemisphere. But… much to the huge disappointment of all, Bill’s in Covent Garden was not an off shoot of Bill Granger’s famous Bill’s restaurants, but just another café, albeit, I have to admit, also a rather good one.
But there were no ricotta hotcakes.
I’m not really sure what is it about Bill’s ricotta hotcakes. Ok, I do. It’s the light, fluffy texture, fresh bananas and the sinfully delicious honeycomb butter. Yes, honeycomb butter. And I’m glad to report they don’t skimp on it either, a large chunk of honeycomb butter the crowning glory of each dish, slowly, teasingly melting over the hotcakes.
And these ricotta hotcakes are 100% what gets everyone up and out and queuing every Sunday morning.
On this bright Sunday morning, my friend Mags and I were part of the queue. I didn’t mind, the sun was shining and I got me a little dose of vitamin D whilst waiting for my hotcakes
Another of Bill’s famous dishes is his sweet corn fritters, served with spinach, roast tomato and bacon. His version is the best I’ve ever had, and it’s definitely a case of “would you like some batter with your sweet corn?” because I mean, it’s basically just a bunch of sweet corn. And what batter there is is light and crispy and awesome.
This is one of the best brunches I’ve had since coming back to Sydney. I hadn’t been to Bill’s in forever – the last time being… I think my 27th birthday which is errr… too many years ago. But it’s comforting to know that some things never change.
By the way, here’s Mowie’s recipe for Bill’s ricotta hotcakes. Yummo.
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