5 June 2017

Restaurant Review: Bill's Restaurant, Southampton

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I enjoy hearing about more and more restaurants around us using local, British produce which is grown seasonally - not only is this great news for farmers, but also for us who get to eat seasonal goods at their best, grown just down the road from us.

It's even better to hear that it's not just our local artisan pubs, but also restaurant chains on the high street that are embracing seasonal. We were delighted to come and review the British asparagus meals at Bill's in Southampton - asparagus is in season through Spring, but still grows strong in June.

Bill's Restaurant review in southampton, Bill's in Southampton, Hampshire food blog, Hampshire blogs
Bill's Restaurant review in southampton, Bill's in Southampton, Hampshire food blog, Hampshire blogs
Bill's Restaurant review in southampton, Bill's in Southampton, Hampshire food blog, Hampshire blogs
Bill's Restaurant review in southampton, Bill's in Southampton, Hampshire food blog, Hampshire blogs

Bill's is a chain of quirky restaurants who have a good bar, and an even better menu. Catering to all tastes: from healthy salads, to juicy burgers, you can enjoy a delicious meal whatever your dietary requirements are. The problem is, sometimes with restaurant chains you are likely to get frozen meals which quite frankly taste frozen. So knowing that Bill's source local and seasonal produce whenever they can really made my day - and in May they teamed up with British asparagus, who tell you all about recipes, benefits, and where you can buy British asparagus.

I enjoy meals at Bill's because of the informal, and very Instagrammable setting - plus, I've never been but everyone who has enjoyed a breakfast at Bill's says it's the best. So we really do need to check it out soon!

Bill's Restaurant review in southampton, Bill's in Southampton, Hampshire food blog, Hampshire blogs
Bill's Restaurant review in southampton, Bill's in Southampton, Hampshire food blog, Hampshire blogs, British asparagus
Bill's Restaurant review in southampton, Bill's in Southampton, Hampshire food blog, Hampshire blogs, British asparagus

We shared two starters: a vegetable crudite bowl with spiced avocado dip, and deep fried calamari with a garlic sauce. YUM. The vegetable crudite bowl was probably the healthiest starter option I have ever chosen, but I have to say after a weekend of pretty unhealthy habits I enjoyed the freshness and crunch of vegetables, and the slight creaminess of the avocado sauce. Plus, did I mention there were parsnip crisps? I also ordered up a watermelon juice which was absolutely delicious and much needed in the heat of the beginning of June - keep those coming!

The calamari, in the words of Heidi Bawden, were the best she's eaten! They were not chewy at all, tasted like the sea and holiday, plus the dip was the perfect accompaniment with hints of garlic.

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Bill's Restaurant review in southampton, Bill's in Southampton, Hampshire food blog, Hampshire blogs, British asparagus
Bill's Restaurant review in southampton, Bill's in Southampton, British asparagus, Hampshire food blog, Hampshire blogs
Bill's Restaurant review in southampton, Bill's in Southampton, Hampshire food blog, Hampshire blogs

Mains are always the 'main event' (that's why they're called that, duh Lana!) and I have a favourite at bills which I always go for - the buttermilk chicken burger with slaw and swap sweet potato fries for normal fries because I just love fries. It comes with a slightly spiced mayo and delicious coleslaw, plus a soft brioche bun which is forever the best bun when stuffing a burger into your face. There's one problem I have with this main though - every time I order it, I just can't finish it. The burger is so delicious - but so filling at the same time! It's a mission of mine to one day clear the plate, and it's a challenge I'm ready to take on!

Heidi ordered the grilled halloumi salad with grilled vegetables, including British asparagus, and a portion of chips because chips are life. The salad came with pesto covered toasted slices, delicious halloumi, and freshly grilled vegetables. It was a delicious combination of freshness and lightness, with some carbs thrown in for good measure.

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Bill's Restaurant review in southampton, fresh peppermint tea, Bill's in Southampton, Hampshire food blog, buttermilk chicken burger, Hampshire blogs

After a pretty heavy meal, we ordered one dessert which were sugary doughnuts with a chocolate and caramel sauces, and syrupy strawberries; and I just had to have the fresh peppermint tea which is great for digestion, and is simply refreshing. It gave me a brilliant idea to do the same at home - I have a peppermint plant and all I need is a mug and hot water!

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Bill's Restaurant review in southampton, fresh peppermint tea, Bill's in Southampton

We always have a great time at Bill's Restaurant and can't wait to go back there again. Especially now that we're going to be on the lookout for seasonal menus!
And I'd like to thank British Asparagus for sponsoring us to come and review the menu at Bills' - asparagus is one of my favourite veggies, especially at breakfast when I can dip it into runny eggs, or just on its own with freshly made hummus. Asparagus is also full of antioxidants which are great for you, and can help with weight loss (especially when you substitute sugary and fatty foods with raw asparagus strips).

What do you think about eating seasonally? Do you tend to try and keep to local and seasonal foods?
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