Bills Surry Hills
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The original café breakfast pioneer in Darlinghurst has a sister restaurant in Surry Hills
Sometimes you drag yourself to a café to cure a hangover with bacon, and other times brunch is an event, which is when you go to Bills. Dress up, aim for one of the window seats and embrace a little breakfast cocktail – everyone is doing it here so you’ll get no side eye. This is the number one spot for American style-brunching with booze, where your perfectly poached eggs are served in a light, bright, elegant space and white awnings keep the sun off the footpath tables.
It's still very popular and there are no bookings so if you time it right you can walk right in. It's harder for big tables, but for singles or couples there's usually spots at the big communal table at the very least.
You definitely want to order the ricotta hotcakes, which are a classic for a reason; and the corn fritters here are still some of the best in the city. It’s worth adding the avo salsa ($4) too for a fresh step amongst the bacon and tomato. Now is not the time to budget, it’s the time to order another Bloody Mary that they make with Clamato, lime and coriander, or maybe a sweet white peach Bellini. If you want to drink with brunch, Bills is the place to do it.