Bill’s, West Nile Street, City Centre Glasgow
Bill’s, 22-24 West Nile Street, G1 2PW
Tel 0141 221 6883
Last week along to Bill’s for lunch with my friend Maggie. It opened in Spring, 2015, but I was still to try it out – I’d been hearing lots of good things about it – including the Dinertec’s great review in the Evening Times:
“What a steak – flavour was first class and cooked just the way I like it. And the sweet potato fries on the side were delicious.”
I loved my sweet potato fries too. In fact, the food was excellent, the choice was vast, the service good with efficient, smiling, non-evasive staff.
The choice is vast – the crab and prawn cakes immediately caught my eye for the first course. A good choice – crispy on the outside with a succulent and tasty filling. A touch of chilli gave the dish a wee kick and the presentation with baby gem, mango and spring onion salad, was lovely.
I mulled over whether to have the pan fried sea bass (chunky tomato, avocado and caper salsa with a crispy spring onion and parsley potato röstior) or Bill’s lime and coriander chicken (oven roasted in our own blend of lime,
coriander and tabasco, chargrilled and served with kale coleslaw, sweet potato
fries and smoked chipotle mayonnaise).
I opted for the chicken and it was delicious. Very tender and tasty, I’m a huge sweet potato fan and these were really good, very crispy – just the way I like them. I’d never had kale coleslaw, in fact, I’d never heard of it – it works.
For starters Maggie, had grilled halloumi with quinoa and lentil sprout salad with a little red chilli with a caper, mustard and honey dressing, which looked amazing. She followed with the fish pie for her main course. She also enjoyed some house white wine.
The portions are particularly generous so we did not have space for a sweet. Although, the warm mini cinnamon doughnuts with fresh strawberries and warm chocolate dipping sauce was very tempting.
I absolutely loved was my watermelon, peach and raspberry juice, possibly the best drink I’ve ever tasted.
Bill’s is a very large restaurant but manages to create a sense of intimacy amid the spaciousness with clever creation of a variety of small areas – perfect for couples. There’s also a private dining option for large parties.
The outside is very welcoming with an attractive al fresco dining area. Inside there’s a lot of original panelling and distressed flooring with a taupe and gray decor creating a relaxed atmosphere. A touch of glamour is added with lots of huge lampshades and glittering chandeliers.
The restauant has a very relaxed atmospere and you feel you can settle down, ask for advice, take your time and enjoy your meal.
Bill’s has It has just enough quirks to add interest without going down the gimicky route. I particularly liked the little brown paper bag you are given so that you can tick of any items you wish to purchase from the deli. These are then added to the bill and brought to you – gift wrapped if you like.
It was a bit of fun and the choice of chilli jam, Bill’s own chocolate bars, including white chocolate eton mess, balsamic vineger etc was intriguing.
I particularly love my new purple string bag.
There’s a great choice and after we had eaten, Maggie and I enjoyed a browse.
Bill’s is very handy to get to right in the city centre – just a five minute walk from Buchanan Street Underground. A good choice for early morning or late night shoppers, business lunches and dining out.
22-24 West Nile Street, G1 2PW
The menu is extensive with plenty of vegetarian choices.
The Lunch and Early Supper Set Menu is a great deal – available Monday – Friday 12 – 7 p.m.
2 courses 9.95 / 3 courses 11.95
Check out Menus Online (PDF)
Mouthwatering main courses including:
crunchy kale leaf salad
chick peas, red cabbage, radish, quinoa, red onions,
chargrilled vegetables, almond and ginger dressing, topped
with avocado, toasted sesame seeds and flaked almonds
mojo marinated chicken salad
baby gem lettuce, creamy avocado dressing
and pickled red onions
pan-fried sea bass
chunky tomato, avocado and caper salsa with a
crispy spring onion and parsley potato rösti
lightly batted out, served pink with garlic
butter and skin on fries, £2 supplement
Three course children’s menu £6.50 including juice.
Afternoon Tea 2.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. £12.95
A delicious selection of Bill’s teatime treats with
finger sandwiches, cakes and warm fruit scones, served with
Bill’s strawberry jam and cornish clotted cream. All served with
a large pot of tea of your choice or glass of Bill’s champagne
Check out the full Menu Online (PDF)
Seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Monday – Saturday:
8am – 11pm
Sunday (and bank holidays):
9am – 10:30pm
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Bill’s, 22-24 West Nile Street, G1 2PW
Tel 0141 221 6883
Pat Byrne, August, 2015.
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