Aussie Flavors

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May 15, 2016

Story By: Caitlin Basilio | Photos by: Nathalie Walker

Heirloom Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella flatbread pizza ($8, happy hour)

Heirloom Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella flatbread pizza ($8, happy hour)

The next time you’re in Waikiki, venture to Bills Hawaii, where you can get a taste of Down Under with a local twist.

Australian restaurateur Bill Granger opened his first eatery in Sydney’s Darlinghurst at the age of 24. After quickly becoming famous for having the best scrambled eggs and ricotta pancakes, the eatery became a staple in Sydney. Today, 20 years later, Granger’s tasty foods and unique dining atmosphere has become global — with numerous locations in Australia, Japan, Korea, London (Granger & Co.) and now Waikiki.

Oahu’s location opened in 2014, and according to director of operations Eki Locke, 30 percent of its guests are Australian tourists. “They come for a little taste of home and coffee, because they’re very particular about their coffee,” he says.

New to Bills Hawaii is its happy hour menu, which is offered daily from 3 to 6 p.m. Some of its featured cocktails are the Hibiscus Margarita and Blue Hawaii, each available for $6.

Avo and Tuna Poke, Pickled Shimeji Sea Asparagus and Sesame ($8, happy hour) and Hibiscus Margarita ($6, happy hour)

Avo and Tuna Poke, Pickled Shimeji Sea Asparagus and Sesame ($8, happy hour) and Hibiscus Margarita ($6, happy hour)


COME ON, GET HAPPY

Most beloved on the happy hour menu is Avo and Tuna Poke with pickled shimeji mushrooms, sea asparagus and sesame ($8). “Bill always embraces the local culture, so of course we have poke on the menu,” says Locke.

Also available are Heir-loom Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella flatbread pizza ($8) and Korean Fried Chicken, Lettuce, Spring Onion and Chili Sesame ($6). Be on the lookout for Bills’ new menu — slated to become available in July — and expected to highlight more local goodness, including shave ice!

Bills Hawaii

280 Beachwalk Ave., Waikiki
922-1500
Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
billshawaii.com

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