Took my mama here for a weekend lunch, and although the interior is a bit run down, who cares ? Well, perhaps some people do, but main thing is that the food was generous in size and quite tasty, and for the price we paid it represented good value. We were served quickly and although the footpath dining area is a bit awkward, on a positive note there were a few of those gas heaters to keep us warm. Coffee was Ok too, can't report on fruit drinks.
Visited for a late Sunday morning breakfast. Service was fast and friendly despite being quite busy. I ordered the fruit salad with muesli and yoghurt. When it came out it was a bowl of dry muesli, a bowl of fruit and a very small serve of yoghurt. Literally the size of a serve of tomato sauce that you would have with chips. About one tablespoon. So I ate my fruit salad, my rationed yoghurt and then the left over muesli dry. Very strange. For $12.50 they could have given me a decent scoop of yoghurt! The cooked breakfasts other people were getting around us looked nice and my partner enjoyed his mushrooms and poached eggs on sourdough. However I think it is important for cafe to also provide continental options for people who dont like cooked breakfasts. Food aside, Billis has a nice relaxed ambiance, friendly and fast service and a convenient location (a short walk from North Sydney station).
We waited 50+ minutes and ended up walking out. We were seated without a hassle, and weren't warned that there was a long waiting time. Sat there for 50 minutes waiting for our food, and asked 3 times where it was. Two times the server never came back, finally we went into the kitchen ourselves. We were told they had 2 more meals to make before ours, and it'd be another 20-30 minutes. We left. The staff at the front counter hurrumphed at us when we complained, didn't seem sorry or apologize. Awful.
food is very average here, the corn fritters were soggy, you had to look for the guacamole on the sandwiches. The staff were friendly and nice and the coffee made up for the average food. we thought we picked the right place as it was busy but popularity doesn't necessarily mean it is good.