The famous “best scrambled eggs” and ricotta hotcakes propelled Bills in Sydney to success, and the restaurant has found itself in London, Honolulu, Tokyo, Yokohama and Kamakura.
Following the success of the first Bills in Japan , Australian chef and food writer Bills Granger has since then opened two other Bills restaurants 빌즈 in Seoul.
The first one being in Jamsil’s Lotte World Mall, and the second one in Gwanghwamun.
Like the concept of Bills in Japan , the branch at Lotte World Mall has very white, clean and sleek interiors.
Expect high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, marble tables and light. Lots of natural light.
The tip is to come as early as possible. We went on a weekday morning, and the restaurant started filling up rather quickly, reaching full house at noon.
Still, this is nothing compared to the few hours of queuing for the branches in Japan.
We knew what we wanted immediately – the Ricotta Hotcakes with Banana and Honeycomb Butter (19,800KRW, SGD$22.50), a Bills’ classic.
The price may be on the high side for hotcakes but they were the best hotcakes we have ever eaten for sure.
The hotcake itself was incredibly fluffy and creamy. We could even see the ricotta cheese within the hotcake when tearing it open.
Portion-wise, the stack of 3 thick hotcakes was huge, nearly impossible finish it on your own.
And so we went for yet another Bills’ classic – the Full Aussie comprising Scrambled Organic Eggs, Sourdough Toast, Miso Mushrooms, Bacon, Cumin Roast Tomato, Pork and Fennel Sausage (21,000KRW, SGD$23.90).
The main star of this dish would be the smooth, slightly creamy scrambled organic eggs.
The coffee served here uses the Butter Fat Trio blend by Anthracite Coffee Roasters, a Seoul-based cafe and coffee roaster.
The Flat White (6000KRW, SGD$6.80) was not too acidic at all and came with a round and smooth finish.
Admittedly, the prices for brunch here are more exorbitant than the other Bills restaurants elsewhere in the world. But no regrets.
So if you are thinking where to get a good meal after a day spent on rides at Lotte World or some shopping at Lotte World Mall, this may just be the place for a leisurely, relaxing and pretty amazing Western brunch fare.
bills, Seoul 빌즈
1F Lotte World Mall, 300 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Directions: From Jamsil Subway Station Exit 11, enter the mall on your left
Tel: +82 2 3213 4185
Opening Hours: 8am – 11pm (daily)
Google Maps – bills Jamsil
* Written by Crystal Wee. Check out her beautiful instagram feed at @crystal_wee