Aussie FlavorsA La Carte Columns
May 15, 2016
Story By: Caitlin Basilio | Photos by: Nathalie Walker
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.
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!
280 Beachwalk Ave., Waikiki
Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.