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“Oh what a joy”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Goulash

Goulash
Ranked #61 of 665 Restaurants in Aberdeen
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Eastern European, Hungarian, European, Central European
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Good for: Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
aberdeen
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Oh what a joy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2013 via mobile

Had the most lovely meal meal on sat started with the house village salad the selection of meats was lovely served with a small salad . The goulash well it speaks got its self as one of the house specials . Well pudding I had the 4 cake Hungarian plate OMG it was really awesome a wonderfull round up to a very relaxing evening oh and the Hungarian wine was rather good to .

Visited November 2013
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A piece of traditional Hungary in Aberdeen”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

Goulash Restaurant is a family run TRADITIONAL Hungarian restaurant. I wrote the world traditional in capital on purpose as to what to expect. If you are into sleek modern design and love the type of dining where you need your magnifying glass to identify the tiny portions on your plate, this place probably won’t float your boat.

I stumbled across Goulash by accident a year ago on a freezing January day and I’m glad I did. It’s small, homely and has a simple warm feel to it, just like being invited into someone’s house for a dinner party. I don’t like eating on my own, but I was cold and hungry so had no choice. I was made to feel very welcome, and soon was defrosting my frozen limbs by the fire, had a big bowl of goulash soup, a glass of red wine and chased it down with a gundel pancake (filled with a rum, raisin and walnuts with the rum set alight if you want, so it arrives on your table in flames).
I am Hungarian, and I can honestly say, if you would like to sample a bit of traditional Hungary, please do give this place a shot, you won’t be disappointed.

What you can expect in terms of food:

Hungarian cuisine, just like any other, has been influenced by the history of the country. The importance of livestock and the nomadic lifestyle of the ancient Magyar people is apparent in the prominence of meat in Hungarian food. Goulash (lit. "herdsman's meal"), pörkölt stew and the spicy fisherman's soup called halászlé are all traditionally cooked over the open fire in a bogrács (or cauldron). With the dark cold days creeping up on us, I can’t imagine eating anything better than these hearty, comforting dishes.

Hungarian food is not for dieters. Portion sizes are very generous as Hungarians love to eat and probably consume more calories per capita than any other European nation. The cooks use fats such as lard and sour cream and they are not afraid of flavouring their dishes with spices, such as black pepper, caraway seeds, thyme, bay leaf, dill, garlic, and, of course, a hot red pepper called paprika.

Hungarians like things pickled, not just cucumbers but bell peppers, cabbage, and tomatoes so they will be on the menu as side options next to your potatoes, rice, noodles etc…

Vegetarianism is slowly, ever so slowly, being recognized in Hungarian restaurants (remember, our traditional food is based on meat dishes and this is a traditional restaurant); many establishments however now offer a vegetable dish, usually consisting of seasonal steamed and grilled vegetables, or cheese plates. Hungarians tend to look on vegetarians with suspicion, regardless of their nationality (joke) ;-)

Vegetarians would do well to order lecsó tojással (eggs scrambled in a thick tomato-onion-paprika sauce), rántott sajt (batter-fried cheese with tartar sauce), or túrós csusza tepertó nélkul (a type of noodle with typical Hungarian type cheese on it (cottage cheese isn’t any similar to it, even if it (wrongly) gets translated like that). I’m sure the kitchen would be happy to prepare the above dishes to order, in case they don't appear on the menu.

Like any other foreign cuisines, Hungarian food won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. There will be people loving it and people hating it. It’s always a good idea to do a tiny bit of research before you decide to try new cuisines that you are unfamiliar with. Google is your friend and in the world of smartphones it only takes a few seconds to get a general feel as to what to expect, even if you are on the go. Just because one didn’t like a dish, it’s not a reflection on the restaurant, it’s one’s personal taste so please bear this in mind and try to stay fair and objective in your reviews.

  • Visited January 2013
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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“Recommended!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2013

Loved the food and service. Not everything was on the menu when we visited so when we come back again I am hoping to try what was sold out.

  • Visited August 2013
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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“A lovely place for an intimate conversation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

One of the best meals I had in Aberdeen. Reasonably priced, a great place to have a conversation. Highlly recommended.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank Big_Foodie_88
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great place to eat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

food was amazing, staff excellent and the Hungarian fire water is a must!!!

the beef goulash is my favourite, value and service was excellent, beef was cooked well and the Hungarian beer and spirit were very good

  • Visited October 2013
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