I’ve visited Bill’s Restaurant a few times in the past, mostly in London but have only made the visit to Manchester’s branch once. This isn’t because the food has gone downhill, but mostly because there’s always something new to try in Manchester’s dining scene. Bill’s is a no-brainer to me when I go down to London and want a good breakfast. I haven’t had the opportunity to eat from their all-day menu, so one evening, I did just that. Discount code available to my readers at the bottom of the post. *
Bill’s Restaurant Interior
The interior of Bill’s is quite warm with wood details prevalent in every restaurant. The Deansgate Manchester branch has been blessed with large windows and outside seating as well for those sunnier days. Ornate chandeliers provide additional lighting.
As it was a fairly warm day when I visited, I went for the cold drink. Bill’s cocktails are usually quite good, but I didn’t feel like consuming alcohol this time around. Instead, I opted for the Watermelon, Peach and Raspberry Juice. The juice was served with a wedge of watermelon and was very refreshing.
Giant Green Gordal Olives
(68 calories, 7g fat of which 1g is saturated, 0g carbs, 0.1g fibre, 0.5g protein, 1.7g salt)
Ancient Grain Bowl
I opted to try the Ancient Grain Bowl. I often think salads and grain bowls can be easily ignored when one is perusing the menu. Perhaps it’s that people often don’t think salads are worth the price or they don’t think they are very filling. Let me tell you now that this grain bowl is very filling. I added halloumi to my bowl for an additional £3.50, but really don’t think it is required at all if you are as small as I am. You can also choose to add their Mojo Marinated Chicken Skewers for an additional £3.50.
The grain bowl contains a mixture of wild rice, buckwheat, toasted millet and quinoa as a base. All of these contain a fair amount of protein, between 11 – 14g of protein per 100g, compared to 3.2g per 100g in white rice. On top of this is a variety of vegetables including charred broccoli, roasted cherry tomatoes, red pepper, avocado, spring onion, red pepper tapenade, seeds and a lemon dressing. The combination is slightly sweet and the textures are varied. I really recommend this. If you are unsure about the taste, you can also get this as a starter for £5.50 (without the additional protein options).
(648 calories, 33.5g fat of which 4.1g is saturated, 69.2g carbs of which 8.9 sugars, 9.9g fibre, 16.2g protein, 0.9 salt)
Wild Mushroom Soup
My friend, Lacey, didn’t feel like eating much, so she chose the Wild Mushroom Soup which came with a rectangle piece of focaccia. The soup was the most amazing non-cream based mushroom soup I’ve had. The flavours were really good and the consistency was not watery or too thick. The focaccia was lightly toasted and my only negative would be that it would be nice to have two pieces of focaccia instead of one. Additionally, if Bill’s could serve this as a larger portion for a main meal, that would also work quite well.
(Soup: 260 calories, 22.7g fat of which 2.1g is saturated, 9g carbs of which 3.6g sugars, 1.6 fibre, 3.4g protein, 2.9g salt)
(Focaccia (per piece): 130 calories, 4.9g fat of which 0.4g is saturated, 19.6g carbs of which 0.4g sugars, 0.8g fibre, 2.8g protein, 2.7g salt)
Overall rating and comments
9/10: -0.5 for the number of focaccia. We did ask for more and they happily obliged, but I’m not sure if this would be the case for every visit. -0.5 for the menu options as a vegan. I am not vegan, but I like knowing my friends can be catered for. There are options, but I feel like adding a couple more would improve the menu. Perhaps a vegan burger or sandwich? There are also no vegan desserts. I do like that their website has detailed nutritional information, allergens and you can also request a gluten-free menu at the restaurant.
Intrigued? Give them a visit. The discount code gives you 20% off and can be used throughout June 2018 on their All Day menu at the Deansgate, Manchester branch only. The code is ‘ELSA20’ and can just be shown at the end of the meal.
Would visit again?
Yes. I think I would need to visit Bill’s more in future.
Address: 8-12 John Dalton St, Manchester M2 6JP
Have you been to Bill’s before? Do you ever go for the salad option when you eat out?
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* I was invited to Bill’s Restaurant and did not have to pay for my meal. All opinions are my own.