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Published July 10th 2013
A place for R&R
Billy Baxter's more famous branch may be located in Norwood, but for me, the one in Regent Arcade possesses its own charm.
With its location, it is lying in the heart of the city, but also inconspicuous from those who do not pay much attention when walking past Regent Arcade. As a result, not many people frequent this branch on a fine Monday morning, developing a quiet and rather charming ambience. Along with the lighting and flooring, the setting's perfect for those who would like to just sit around with a book and not get too caught up in the hustle and bustle of city life.
I was looking for a nice lunch, and it was already noon, so regretfully, I passed up on the staple of a coffee house: coffee. Perhaps I will remember to have a go at it on my next trip.
I settled with the Hawaiian Chicken Schnitzel for $15.95. In terms of fullness, I was not disappointed. The chicken, already topped with a curious "special sauce", was draped with a slice of bacon, which was practically drowning under a huge pile of melted cheese (my guess is cheddar). This meaty offering is accompanied by salad with pineapple slices and straight-cut fries.
The chicken was filling, but it was a bit hard for me. A fair bit of tenderness would help. My hunch on the special sauce is that it is a tomato dressing not dissimilar to what you might use on spaghetti. It compliments the chicken nicely, but does not quite improve on the overall taste.
The salad should go some way to appease the more health conscious, while the fries can do with a little less salt. The cheese dressing adds another dimension to the variety of tastes in the dish. However, it will not win any presentation prizes, and it was too heavily focused on the bacon. I would love to see whether they can have the cheese more evenly spread over the chicken and fries, though it may be tricky.
With its pricing, it might probably lose out to pubs and bars which also offer a decent lunch for cheaper prices on weekdays. However, if you are looking for a nice, ambient environment to just relax and wind down, while remaining in the heart of the city, Billy Baxter's Coffee House might do just the trick.