If you build it they will come. And come they do, to Billinudgel for a delightful Indian taste sensation.
The sign at the door of Billi’s Indian Restaurant urges patrons to ‘please book in advance’, and I can see why.
The restaurant has built a large, loyal customer base since it opened just three years ago, and the reputation is well deserved.
The place was buzzing with a pleasant, upbeat vibe, even though I dined mid-week.
Happy, hungry locals filled a cosy indoor space with a fireplace, and the heated outdoor deck was taken over by a large party.
It was a full house, but staff were friendly and the service prompt. They were also doing a brisk take away trade.
Billi’s is easy on the wallet. The menu boasts a tempting selection of value for money curries: vegetable $12.90, chicken/lamb/beef $13.90, and seafood $17.00. A good excuse to try an extra dish or two.
All meals are freshly cooked, with vegan and gluten-free options available.
My food arrived hot and steaming in authentic Indian karahi bowls. Sweet, fluffy coconut rice and a decorative basket filled with mushroom and garlic naan were delightfully different accompaniments to the meal.
The highlight of the night however was my mango chicken. The first mouthful gave me an unexpected jolt of joy. As succulent as a juicy, ripe mango, it invoked feelings of summery freshness and childlike fun. Its luscious sweet creaminess almost qualified it as a dessert item!
Billi’s website has an easy ordering system for takeaway, and they offer home delivery to Billinudgel, Brunswick Heads and Ocean Shores; an alluring option for a relaxing night in PJs, with a DVD and some great Indian food.
Billi’s Indian is a hidden gem that northern residents of the shire have largely been enjoying by themselves. If you’re a ‘southerner’, you’ll discover that a quick trip up the freeway leads to a deliciously inexpensive night out – but don’t forget to book!
Open Tue – Sun, 5-9pm.
8 Wilfred St. Billinudgel
www.billisindian.com.au – (02) 6680 3352