I have been frequenting bills since they opened just about a year ago and I almost can't believe I haven't shared my love for this place on The 96815 sooner. Bills was brought to the islands from the Aussie culinary celebrity, Bill Granger, who has several international outposts in Japan, London, Seoul and Australia. The Hawaii locale is by far one of my favorite additions to Waikiki in recent years. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of amazing places to eat in the 96815, but not one quite like bills. Stylish, friendly staff effortlessly work the cheerful mid century modern digs, while travelers and locals feast on delectable Australian fare. I have been to bills for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner - all are equally wonderful. So, on this bright, sunny Waikiki Saturday as I made my way to the restaurant on Beach Walk, I already had an idea of what I was in the mood for - ricotta hotcakes. Let's be honest, I am always in the mood for the ricotta stuffed hotcakes, layered with fresh bananas and topped with creamy honeycomb butter. My version of heaven most definitely includes an eternal supply of this magnificent dish. If you aren't in the mood for something perfectly sweet, there are many other gorgeous items to choose from on the menu. Our brunch on the upstairs lanai overlooking a bustling Kalakaua Ave. included the renowned scrambled eggs and the perfectly crisp corn fritters, all topped off with bellinis, mimosas and the Honolulu Blossom. Granger says his restaurants reflect the spirit we like to think of as "Australian" - sunny, easygoing and generous. This not only describes our brunch at bills, but most days living in the 96815. Life here is pretty delicious.
The 96815 Tip: bills has a fantastic Happy Hour! Beginning at 2pm daily, enjoy $5 libations and pizza and snacks, ranging from $3 to $13, in the delightful sidewalk level dining area.
bills, Monday to Sunday, 7am to 10pm, ph. 808-922-1500, 280 Beachwalk Ave, the 96815
Photography by Jessica Tronoski