You only have to stroll into Bill’s on a Sunday to realise that it is one of the restaurants at the centre of the community in Sevenoaks. I was given the opportunity to go and try out the new vegan/vegetarian menu, so I grabbed my fellow foodie friend and blogger, Beth, and headed there to feast the night away.
As I have said in a previous post, my perception of vegan food before I went to Bali was that it is stodgy, bland samey food, but since my holiday to vegan heaven I have been more open to it.
Firstly, for the drinks. Bill’s have two vegan smoothies to choose from, so we thought it was only polite to try both of them.
Blackberry, coconut & banana smoothie: Coconut milk, blackberries, banana and agave syrup. This was my favourite smoothie as it was sweeter than the other one.
Raspberry wake up smoothie: Oat milk, raspberries, banana. porridge oats and agave syrup. This was Beth’s favourite as she likes smoothies with oats in.
Veggie Sharing Plate: Crumbed halloumi sticks, crispy fried cauliflower, niçoise olives, toasted focaccia, smashed avocado, hummus, purple basil & pine nut pesto, red pepper tapenade and mixed seed
We kicked off with the sharing platter which was absolutely amazing and I wouldn’t hesitate to order this again. The dips were really good and halloumi. The pesto and the tapenade were so good and tasty and the focaccia bread was fresh and airy, but with a little bit of crunch on top at the same time. This is a large plate which is very filling for a starter. Love.
Vegan Duck salad: Vegan duck with chilli, coriander, spring onion, cucumber, carrots, cabbage and baby gem tossed in a miso dressing with sesame seeds and lime
This confused me somewhat because it looked like duck and it tasted like duck, so was it duck? I felt it may be one of those “Emperors new clothes” kind of thing, but it turned out to be soy. It was so tasty and well marinated. Beth thought it was a bit spicy, but I like spicy food, so just bear that in mind.
Black Bean Chilli: Vegan chilli with freekeh, spinach, smashed avocado, red chilli, pickled red onion, coriander, soy yoghurt and grilled flat bread
This was the only dish where I felt like something was missing – mainly because I love chilli and would rank it among my favourite dishes. Don’t get me wrong, I think you would love this if you are a vegan as it is tasty, and the little pickled red onions are like mini balloons which burst in your mouth. This is a tasty, hearty winter warmer dish and what I liked about is is that it also comes with a flat bread, so you can make it into a little burrito if you like – because food is so much better in a wrap.
The Moving Mountains Burger: Mushroom and beetroot patty with lettuce, tomato, red onion and mayo on a bun served with fries.
This burger, like the duck salad was very confusing as it actually tasted like beef, which was cool! The patty was flavoursome and looked like meat.
The chips that are served with the burger are vegan chips and there something a little bit underwhelming about them. What would be nice is if the chips came with an interesting vegan dip, rather than just ketchup.
Melting Banoffee Sundae with bananas, salted caramel ice cream, biscuit chunks, whipped cream and warm salted caramel sauce.
This desert melts as you pour the warm caramel sauce over which was really cool and a nice touch as it is interactive.
The dessert is really fresh and light with the banana. It was very tasty and would definitely have this desert again, as I love banana.
Vegan chocolate fondant with coconut ice cream and hazelnut crumb.
This fondant, melted in your mouth. It was a really good combination with the coconut ice cream, which reminded me of the delicious vegan coconut ice cream that I ate in Bali, and was served warm. Would definitely eat this again.
Overall, I am impressed that Bill’s have come up with a whole menu dedicated to vegetarians and vegans, as normally in restaurants the vegan and vegetarian dishes are scattered throughout the normal menu, and you have to go hunting for them.
The dishes that I would recommend that you try on your next visit to Bill’s includes the veggie sharing platter, the duck salad, the vegan chocolate fondant and the melting banoffee sundae as they were my favourites. Thank you for having us Bill’s! See you again soon!
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