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“Good place to spend time and eat” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Koleves

Koleves
Kazinczy utca 41., Budapest 1075, Hungary (Erzsébetváros)
+3613221011
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Ranked #170 of 1,582 restaurants in Budapest
Cuisines: European, Eastern European
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Erzsébetváros
Budapest, Hungary
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“Good place to spend time and eat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

It has a nice interior with lots of exciting details, like lamps made of wineglasses, a bar decorated with plates, colorful wallpapers and painting etc. This restaurant seems to be a perfect meeting place for university students and elder, as it is crowded most of the time.
I have eaten here on a number of occassions, and the food has always been excellent and the service good and friendly, but sometimes a bit slow. This time I ordered butternut squash and coconut soup which was excellent, came with a huge wild mushroom raviolo floating within. As a main course I had a roasted duck breast with blue cheese risotto and fig chutney. The duck was just perfect, outside crispy and soft inside, the risotto of the right consistency. My husband tried the goose matzo ball soup which was delightful and the steak he had was great. As a dessert we had the chocolate hazelnut cake, which was full of chocolate, a bit liquid in the middle. The wines were inexpensive and nice, we tasted the Jackfall Cabernet Franc which was nice.
Overall a good place to spend time and eat.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Eindhoven
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89 reviews 89 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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“Disappointing experience.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

We (5 adults) were here last weekend. The restaurant looks new and fresh. The menu offered plenty of choice. The food however is mediocre if not under average. The starters were ok but lacked creativity. Some bread to go with the soups and cured salmon would have been nice. The staff is uninterested and in some instances even rude. How difficult can it be to walk around the table to put down a beer in stead of hanging over it? Budapest has many fine restaurants, but this is not one of them. Bummer!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Geneva, Switzerland
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“good food (especially on the 'blackboard' menu) at great prices”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

On entering the restaurant you can't help but immediately be amused by the weird and wonderful decor; from the quirky plate-decorated bar area to heaps of saucepans leaning precariously against walls; from collections of ancient coffee mills which are arranged up the stairs to rear-view mirrors in the bathrooms.
Three of us sat at a large polished-wood table - a luxury to have so much space in which to spread our cold weather gear - and ordered wine; a decent bottle of which can be had for less than twenty euros.
We all chose soup followed by a main course. My husband's butternut squash and coconut soup came with a wild mushroom raviolo floating within; it was hurriedly scoffed and pronounced excellent by all who were lucky enough to taste it. My friend and I chose the daily 'blackboard' special of 'bear's' garlic cream soup. It was green and gorgeous and served with a moreish warm cheese-stuffed tortilla.
I stuck with the blackboard for my main course and had roasted calves' liver with cottage cheese noodles. Pinkly juicy liver and unctuously creamy homemade pasta - what's not to like? From the regular menu, my husband chose duck (roasted breast; with blue cheese risotto and fig chutney) which was good and my friend went for the lamb (braised shoulder; with chestnuts and sage pasta) which was less so.
We shared puds; the chocolate hazelnut cake needed its cream as it was rather dry and the elderflower and cottage cheese tart, which sounded so very lovely, was just plain disappointing - clearly we should have been less greedy and stopped after the main courses.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Good, but suffering a little from all the success, perhaps?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

We have eaten here on a number of occassions, when it was in in it's old premises a little further down the road, and the food has always ben excellent and the service good, if not a little 'eclectic'

However, this was the first time in the new premisies, which are much larger, and their second night, and whilst the food was again good, the service had certailny dipped a liitle

Firstly, they had lost our reservation whoich in itself was not a major problem as they quicky got a table out and set it up for us. The table was slightly away from the main area and I think we were a little 'lost' in everythinng that was going on, so it took a long time to get served. Alos, my chair was right in line with the main door which gave a real blast of chilled air everytime it was opened.

We did ask to be moved, but there was nowhere else to get so we just got on with it.

The food was excellent value, The goose matzo ball soup was delightful and the steak was great, but after waiting nearly 30 minutes and asking 3 different waiting staff if we could order desserts, we cut our losses, paid for our 2 courses and headed out.

Overall, food was good, well priced, but a little short on customer service

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Munich, Germany
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“Favourite Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

We looked this restaurant up here on TripAdvisor looking for traditional Eastern European food.
It turned out that this is not necessarily true but wow, the food was amazing and the selection is fantastic and very creative. They use Eastern Eurpoean kitchen elements and create a modern, healthy and delicious meal out of it.
What we liked the most was the very friendly service and the cosiness with the very special interior. A remarkable mix of old and new, and creative design elements such as lamps made out of many wine glasses and smaller lamps - a bulb in a grater!
Easy-going people, good mix of old and young.. Perfect for a romantic dinner for two or a friends gathering. Location is right in the lively center of Pest, the Jewish district.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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