Hills Bros looks like one of those office-building cafes destined to serve only the people who work above it. It’s in a shiny Martin Place foyer. There’s no signage, and it’s barely visible from outside. It's like a little annex of Reuben Hills, but Hills Bros isn’t a regular office-foyer cafe.
The food is Latin American- and Asian-influenced cafe fare, but with a more health-oriented approach. There is a salad styled like a bowl of ramen; roasted veggies; and an oatmeal-based breakfast waffle with a brûlée half banana, quince curd and a side of orange-spiced almond milk. There is also achiote (a zingy Mexican-spice paste) chicken tacos. And bacon-jam topped congee.
The open cheese-and-tomato toastie with Vegemite dust (exactly what it sounds like), and Bircher muesli with coffee cherry and rhubarb consommé are twists on obvious cafe favourites.
The fit-out is accessible but innovative. It’s open, flowing into the foyer and filled only with a counter and a series of staggered concrete benches, which are strangely reminiscent of a video game.
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