We went to this restaurant on the recommendation of our Frommers' guide. It is not mentioned in Rick Steves' book, although it should be. Because we knew that Hungarian cuisine is unique in all of Europe, and better than any other in the part of Central Europe through which we were traveling, my wife and I were determined to have as many traditional Hungarian meals in Hungary as we could. This is a bit harder than I expected, since there are so many Italian, middle-Eastern, and other ethnic cuisine restaurants around that sometimes it seemed hard do find the local stuff. We were fortunate, however, in finding a different authentic Hungarian restaurant for every night we spent in Budapest. For our last night, we chose to go to Paprika Vendeglo (vendeglo simply means "restaurant" in Hungarian), which is two blocks down the street from the Heroes' Monument in City Park. I'm glad we did.
The restaurant itself is a charming place. In nice weather, you can eat outside. Inside, you enter what seems like a rustic forest hunting lodge, completely crafted from rough-cut wood. It is charming. My wife had a salad and juicy chicken with peach and almond sauce. I had a superb Hungarian fish soup, and the most succulent, delicious goose I have ever eaten. This was washed down by delicious Hungarian "Bull's Blood" red wine. The service was excellent, and very friendly.
This is an old-fashioned restaurant. It is unpretentious, and makes no effort at stylish presentation or creative new takes on old standards. It just offers solid, honest, traditional cuisine. If that's what you want, you should enjoy this place.
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