Where to eat… Bills, Guildford

https://bills-website.co.uk/

Bills has always been a place I look forward to eating at, with an ever changing menu, there is always something new to try. The menu lists five options, including two vegan choices, and the four vegetarian mains also includes two vegan dishes.

My only criticism is that it can be quite dark in there of an evening, which makes taking pictures of the food tricky!

Here are the vegetarian options:

Starters:

  • WILD MUSHROOM SOUP with stonebaked flatbread
  • CRUMBED HALLOUMI STICKS with garlic and lemon mayo
  • ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND LENTIL SALAD with pomegranate seeds and lemon dressing
  • GRILLED HALLOUMI SALAD with chargrilled red peppers, asparagus, red onion, courgettes, smoky tomatoes, capers, parsley, mint, Bill’s dressing and pesto flatbread
  • VEGGIE MEZZE Spiced white corn tortillas, grilled garlic mushrooms, crumbed halloumi sticks, chickpea and parsley falafels, olives, Pico de Gallo salsa, tomato hummus, tzatziki, smoky tomatoes

Mains:

  • MACARONI CHEESE with mushrooms, leeks, creamy cheese and truffle sauce
  • OVEN ROASTED GINGER AND SESAME CAULIFLOWER STEAK with toasted fregola, roasted cherry tomatoes and rich vegetable gravy
  • RUSTIC BUTTERNUT SQUASH STEW with chargrilled red peppers and onions, freekeh grain, kale and toasted pistachios
  • HALLOUMI BURGER with tomato hummus, sweet chilli sauce, roasted red peppers, pea shoots, red onion, garlic lemon mayo, sesame bun and fries

What’s interesting about the menu is that it highlights both lacto-ovo vegetarian food and vegan food.

I choose the halloumi sticks for starter, which is always a winner, and the Ginger and Sesame Cauliflower Steak for my main. The starter had a good number of halloumi sticks, and i was not disappointed by the garlic mayo!

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the steak, as i’ve had a homemade version before, but never in a restaurant. It came with fregola, which is much like giant couscous, salad and some gravy. In my opinion, it could have done with a little more gravy, or have a pot of it on the side. The steak was well cooked and of a good size, the roasted cherry tomatoes were a lovely addition to the dish and the range of flavours and textures made it a well rounded dish. Plus, it was vegan.

Eat Without The Meat rating: 8/10

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