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Published April 9th 2015
A dinner by the harbourside.
Beside the beautiful Sydney Harbour facing the Harbour Bridge and Sydney's night lights, my friend and I sat waiting for dinner at City Extra.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Every day for six years I had walked past City Extra on my way to school and because of the curly red lit font, I had always thought it was called City Echo which to me, made sense as much as City Extra.
The front of City Extra
It serves all meals of the day from breakfast to supper at a very decent price.
We were kindly greeted by the host/waitress at the front of the restaurant before ushered to our two person table.
The ordering system
We had a choice of sitting inside or outside as there were not too many people overcrowding on a Wednesday night. We chose the scenic outside view. Once we got to our seat, we were showed the menu as the waitress unfolded it in front of us. I was amazed at the creativity!
Menu of City Extra
The menu had the appearance of a casual Sunday newspaper. However, if I was to make a little critique, I would have asked for further simplification of the menu/newspaper as it was hard for me, personally, to navigate through my choices.
Despite this, the choices were abundant from pumpkin frittatas to chicken schnitzel with either mushroom, tomato and basil or tomato sauce. I decided to go with the schnitzel with tomato and basil sauce, which also came with a side of chips and some salad. My friend went for the thai chicken burger which had a layer of beetroot (that detail required for those who don't like beetroot).
The roll contained a portion of butter. The chicken was nicely grilled without too many burnt strips. Her main course also came with barbecue sauce, which was a delight to share as we joyously dipped our fries (almost wedges) into the sauce.
My chicken schnitzel was perhaps a bit too crunchy as I would have liked more chicken.
Chicken Schnitzel with tomato and basil sauce
But the quantity was very generous and I was left very satisfied. The order was made very smoothly and quickly and the food was fresh and delicious.
The chicken schnitzel was priced at $26 and the chicken burger was $24, which is in the moderate price range given the view and location.
Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who wants to live life with more style, enjoy the beauty of Sydney or sit down to a fantastic meal with good service and music.