Is Monday lunchtime the best or worst time to go to Baraka? On the downside, the restaurant was empty. On the plus side, we got the staff & kitchen to ourselves and also the benefit of the less pricy, but tasty, lunch menu. It was our last day in Budapest and we stopped just before 2pm on the way back from the zoo. A notice outside proclaimed that they served the"grill menu" every day from 12-6, but I still wasn't sure until the darkened door opened that it was actually open. The grill menu itself was not on the board outside, only the fine dining menu, and I suspect this and the fact that it looks completely closed deprives them of a lot of lunchtime traffic. Maybe they don't need it; when we said to our waiter that we should have come last night he said it had been fully booked and was again on Monday.
The fine dining menu looked great but a bit more than I needed - the grill menu includes basics such as marinated prawns, chicken supreme or ribs, many of which are also available in starter portions, but cooked with the skills & attention of fine dining. My only slight gripe was that the marinade on my prawn skewer rather overpowered the prawns. They come with a really tasty and seemingly well-sourced salad (my husband even ate the tomatoes -trust me, that means they are good tomatoes). You can then order side dishes incuding potato or couscous. The only puddings were from the fine dining menu, and this together with the (excellent) wine meant the meal was not particularly cheap, but you could get away with a lot less than we paid.
It would be easy to overlook Baraka as a lunchtime choice, partly because it's not on a restaurant-y street and partly because of its own apparently wilful refusal to woo a lunchtime crowd, but it's definitely one to consider after a morning at the City Park, especially as the weather gets colder and the park's al fresco options begin to look a bit bracing!
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