Today I am excited not only to feature this interview with Bill Granger (one of my foodie favourites) but to share that He has Just opened Bills Bondi!
where do you live?
Between Sydney and London.
what are some of your favourites on the new menu?
For breakfast the: sugar cured prawn and spring onion egg white omelette, spiced salsa rosso – delicious and light.
For lunch /dinner: cauliflower and tofu yellow curry, fresh coconut and apple chutney, brown rice and the: shrimp burger with jalapeno mayo, shaved radish, sesame gochujang
Tell me what you love about Bondi?
I love the Bondi neighbourhood. It has such a great energy and has really developed into a food destination. I have all my Darlinghurst neighbours [A Tavola, Messina etc] and other favourites like Maurice Terzini’s restaurants and Sensory Lab coffee.
Twenty-one years ago, Darlinghurst was my local, now Bondi is. Feels only natural to have a place around the corner from home. It’s quintessentially Sydney. I love its mix of roughed up urban beach glamour and down to earth local vibe. What could be more Sydney? A Bronte to Bondi ocean walk, a dip in the ocean and then breakfast at bills. Plus my kids are excited that our neighbour is Messina!
Tell us about the interior of the new Bondi space? /What was the direction /brief given to Meacham Nockles McQualter ?
I wanted it to feel like your dream beach house – pictures hanging on the wall, concrete floors, ratton chairs etc. I wanted it to feel comfortable and light. Meacham Nockles McQualter have again realised the vision at Bills in Bondi by creating a classy, unpretentious interior that is light, spacious and compliments the relaxed modern menu.
how would you describe the look of your home?
Eclectic. 3 kids. Art. Books. Fresh flowers. Fresh food. Social and lively – we are always entertaining.
what is your favourite thing in your home?
The kitchen stove gets the most use.
what do you collect?
Japanese pottery. I purchase something every time I am in Japan.
what are you loving right now?
My family. My 14 year old [daughter] has stronger opinions than me!
coffee tea or?
favourite street to shop in?
Gould St in Bondi for the organic vege’s and hipster shirts.
favourite place to shop?
Liberty London [http://www.liberty.co.uk/] a great collection.
favourite place to eat ( other than Bills)?
Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta
what is your signature dish & drink?
Signature dish: Ricotta hotcakes which Gelato Messina has re-imagined as an exclusive flavour available at both bills in Bondi and Messina outlets.
Signature drink: champagne or a green juice
favourite holiday destination?
Hawaii and Cape Cod.
“80 percent of life is just turning up” Woody Allen
what are you reading?
The Paying Guest by Sarah Waters
what are you listening to?
Whatever the kids are listening to. At the moment that is the Frozen soundtrack.
working on at the moment?
Bills in Bondi
what/who are you inspired by?
Tate Modern Matisse exhibition
Here is an exclusive look at the inside of Bills Bondi designed by Meacham Nockles McQualter
Bills Bondi 79 Hall Street Bondi Beach Now Open!