Whether it’s a relaxed lunch to ease the trauma of Christmas shopping or a post Christmas lunch, after fighting your way through the January sales, a family meal, special occasion or romantic dinner for two Bill’s is the answer.
Housed in a Regency listed building on Albion Place, right in the middle of the hub of the city, the menu here will suit even the most fastidious diner and an there’s an efficient, friendly staff who are always eager to help and advise on your choice.
For their Christmas menu, which is available until the New Year, Bill’s have put festive spin on some of their usual dishes and created some rather unusual ones.
Whilst we looked at the menu we indulged in one of their famous cocktails. I opted for the Passion Fruit spritz, which was tangy and refreshing, as I asked for it in a tall glass filled with soda – not a problem to Bills obliging staff whilst my colleague went for Dark and Stormy made with Bills own delicious ginger beer.
For starters I opted for Pigs in Blankets with Cranberry Ketchup, which were beautifully cooked and the cranberry ketchup blended well with the sausage and bacon diffusing any greasy taste
My colleague’s Prawn and Avocado Cocktail was served with spicy tortillas and its presentation really impressed. The Marie Rose sauce had a real tang and contained plenty of seafood which blended beautifully with the spicy cherry tomatoes, smash avocado, cucumber and shredded lettuce.
I was really attracted to Bills Festive Feast Burger with Rosemary Salted Fries as I am a bit of a Bills Burger fan when I lunch there with friends on their regular retail therapy visits to Leeds.
It came cooked exactly as I asked it to be – well done yet the meat was moist, succulent and tasty. Topped with bacon, Stilton, red onion marmalade it comes with a sage and onion mayo, which I asked to served on the side as I had reservations about such a flavour, but I need not have had, as it was very tasty and not overly seasoned.
My colleague went for the Boxing Day Curry – again his dish was a masterpiece of presentation. He described the curry as having a definite home made taste and a really authentic Thai flavour. The ingredients included turkey breast, spinach, carrot and parsnip in a Thai red curry sauce served with coconut rice. The curry was served in a large basket style rice cracker.
As dessert time approached my colleague decided to give the Apple and Mincemeat crumble a whirl. He was impressed by the cinnamon-spiced custard. The portion was large, crumble topping crispy and he quickly demolished the whole lot.
My first choice of the Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree had sold out so to keep in the festive mood I opted for Snow-Nuts. These were my heaven on a plate and could have been made in the angel’s kitchen. The warm mini doughnuts were dusted in coconut snow and served with a very rich chocolate dipping sauce.
We couldn’t leave bills without trying their Gin-Gle Bells Cocktail (pictured above) consisting of Whitley Neill Raspberry Gin, Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur and Pineapple Juice. We did find this a tad too sweet but it’s a real fun drink the way its presented with Rudolph on the top and excellent value.
Bill’s Christmas Menu is such a refreshing change from the usual turkey and tinsel menus and its packed with new takes on their favourite dishes that give you cause to say “it’s beginning to feel a bit like Christmas”
Bills, 1 Albion Place, Leeds. www.bills-website.co.uk
Mon/ Tues 8.00.-9.30pm Wed/Thurs/Fri 8.00am – 10.00pm; Sat 8.30-10.00pm; Sun 9.00am – 10.00pm