A Down-Under Food ExperienceA La Carte Columns
June 19, 2016
Story By: Lynsey Beth Futa |
The Aussie breakfast, or “breaky,” has been gaining popularity in Hawaii. A roasted tomato here and some smashed avocado on toast there have become the norm for breakfast and brunch menus statewide.
One particular establishment has proven to be especially true to its Australian roots, as Bills Hawaii serves delicious food from Down Under with local flair.
Opening in March of this year, Bills — which originated in Sydney, Australia — has found a way to incorporate the familiar flavors of Hawaii into its food. Shrimp Burger ($18) comes with a sesame gochujang, which locals often refer to as the Korean red sauce from heaven. Additions like this showcase the prominent Asian influence here and is representative of owner Bill Granger’s hopes to incorporate specific local panache to each restaurant branch.
With 14 locations worldwide, and more to come, Bills’ menu is created to be universal. With the help of executive chef Lucas Wooden, the Hawaii branch definitely has its own style.
Furthermore, the restaurant makes it a point to take in the overall culture of each of its locations. And since Hawaii loves happy hour, or pau hana, Bills has made sure to offer patrons a slew of options for the occasion.
From 3 to 6 p.m. every day, a selection of Pau Hana bites is available, all under $10. Try Korean Fried Chicken ($6) — with lettuce, spring onion and chili sesame sauce — with a Hibiscus Margarita ($6). Or, order one of Bills’ Flatbread Pizzas (half price during happy hour) with a Kona Brewing Co. beer ($3-$4).
‘BREAK’ ME OFF A PIECE OF THAT
To experience a true “breaky,” however, one should order Full Aussie Breakfast ($17), the star of this dish being light and fluffy scrambled organic eggs. The meal also comes with a cumin-roasted tomato, miso mushrooms, pork and fennel sausage, and sourdough toast. It may not be your typical breakfast, but it is deliciously filling nonetheless.
280 Beach Walk, Waikiki
Daily, 7 A.M.-10 P.M.