After a full day of activities in Liverpool, we were feeling hungry. We’d been around the Royal Albert Dock and most places that we fancied seemed to be fully booked. Being a little nieve, we had forgotten to pre-book. So, to move away from the crowd we headed over to Liverpool One and spotted Bill’s straight away. We’d been to Bill’s in Hammersmith and loved it, so we decided to stay safe and stay familiar.
Bill’s for Cocktails.
The evening was hot and we’d been on the go for the past 10 hours. Our reward was a cocktail and a sit-down. The kids went with their usual diet cokes, we opted for Rosé Sangria and a Rhubarb Rossini. Both were lovely and refreshing and a great way to celebrate our first night in Liverpool.
Starters at Bill’s
Normally we wouldn’t eat a starter on a normal night out, but we’d seemed to convert to 2 meals a day over out Summer holiday and were starving. Cat and I decided to get the Bill’s Sharing Plate. Which consisted of Devilled chicken skewers, crispy calamari, lime aioli, spiced tortillas, avocado, tzatziki & red pepper dip and olives
Imogen joined in the sharing and absolutely loved the “Onion Rings”! I realised straight away that she thought the calamari was something else. Something I did previously at a buffet restaurant too. I’m the only one that like Olives, so that was my win! The devilled Chicken Skewers were so tasty but spicy. Abigail kept going with one even though her mouth was burning, “it’s so tasty”! The Calimari was very tender and easily mistaken for Onion Rings! and spiced tortillas with dips were entertaining.
Abigail had ordered the Vegetable sticks with hummus from the kid’s menu. It was exactly what it said it was. 3 carrot Sticks and 3 Cucumber pieces in a pot with some hummus in the bottom. It wasn’t inspiring and sort of looked like a prison portion of veg. It was the only option of a starter on the kids menu.
Bring on the Main Courses
Again from the kid’s menu, Abigail chose Sausage and mash, with peas and gravy. Again a very simple dish, but she loved it. Abigail love meals that are meat and veg. Eagle-eyed spotted will see a chip that she grabbed off Imogen’s plate.
Imogen wanted steak and chips. So we selected the sirloin steak from the main menu. It was a decent-sized portion and served exactly as she wanted it. No fancy sauces, just griddled steak served medium.
Catherine spotted the Chicken Green curry with rice. This tasted exactly as I remember a Thai green curry taste like and was lush.
Feeling a little sick of meat, I decided to go for something different and spotted the Crab and Courgette Risotto. I love risotto normally as it’s creamy and full of flavour. However, this portion just didn’t hit the mark. I never complain, but it had no flavour and the risotto rice was a little dry, almost like it had been left under a hot light.
Our server Jenny was very apologetic and offered to replace the meal for something else. I was hesitant at first but eventually decided to swap out for the Pan-Fried Sea Bass.
The Sea Bass was served with avocado, tomato and caper salsa and a herb rosti. A hundred times better than the Risotto and I was impressed with how Jenny took control of the issue and it was resolved straight away. The risotto was removed off our bill too.
From the Kids Menu Abigail chose strawberries and bananas, with a chocolate dipping sauce.
I’d spotted a Lemon Meringue Pie in a Glass on the menu and I was craving that tart zesty refreshing flavour. Catherine doesn’t normally like this tike of dessert, but she dived in with a spoon.
WOW! It was amazing. The light fluffy meringue on the top and the tangy lemon curd was lush. This was sitting on what I best describe as a cheesecake bottom.
Bill’s Liverpool One Review
Bill’s is a restaurant chain with many venues across the UK. The interior is always slightly rustic, with vibes of a deli store. Our previous visit to a London branch had reassured us that it would be a good choice we’d all enjoy.
The service was relatively quick and attentive. Aside from the Risotto issue, we’d had everything else was as we’d expected. I’d like to see more options for kids as starters as the vegetable sticks could be so many other options, but carrots and cucumber are always where the safe choice is. Maybe serving it on a plate would look better, whereas the pot, reminded me of the crayon pot you sometimes get for kids to colour in.
In the end, we enjoyed our meal, but it was also the most expensive meal we’d had in the two-week holiday dining out. Bear in mind that Imogen didn’t have a starter or a dessert too. It was a nice change, but we’re not going to race back, but won’t rule it out in the future.