Harajuku: Australian
Bills (Harajuku: Australian)
Open 8:30am-9pm (LO) daily.
Sun: Open Sundays

Although Bills is most famous for their Australian breakfast platters, it's worth checking out their dinnertime menu as well. They offer creative, modern International Cuisine that draws on European, Asian and Middle Eastern influences, with entertaining combinations of ingredients and flavors. The dining room is comfortable and attractively laid out, with a showy display of wine racks along the back wall and a cozy library nook lined with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in one corner.

Each item on the menu seems to incorporate a diverse collection of highly curated artisanal ingredients, with descriptions like "wagyu burger, grilled swiss, dill pickles, smoked chilli and onion aioli, maple bacon crumb" and "roasted snapper, seaweed butter, pickled heritage carrot, radish, fresh dill and mint". While a bit wordy, everything sounds quite appetizing, and all the dishes we've tried have lived up to the promise of their descriptions.

A starter of "raw golden beetroot, green harissa, pumpkin seed tahini and toasted spices" was a fantastic, well-balanced combination of flavors and textures, a bit on the spicy side but not distractingly so. The "seared salmon, tiger salad and sesame tofu dressing" was skillfully charred, complemented by a mildly spicy salad (studded with jalapeno bits) and a tangy dressing.

One of three different schnitzel dishes on the menu, the "veal schnitzel, skordalia, watercress and anchovy herb dressing" was a lot more exciting than your usual meat cutlet thanks to its supporting ingredients. (And "skordalia" certainly sounds more exciting than "garlic mashed potatoes".) Desserts continue the theme of highly detailed descriptions, with "ricotta hotcakes, fresh banana and honeycomb butter" and "our cold drip coffee tiramisu".

The extensive drinks menu features original cocktails, mocktails, artisanal sodas, juices and sake. Most wines on the Antipodean-heavy list are in the Y5,000-8,000 range, with around a dozen by the glass and two dozen by the bottle. Budget around Y5,000-6,500 for dinner with drinks. Reservations are highly recommended.

Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 4-30-3, Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku 7F.
東京都渋谷区神宮前4-30-3 東急プラザ表参道原宿7F

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Venue listing from Bento.com5 Star Rating: highly recommended