We picked this restaurant simply because we were walking past and the outside looked nice, so we took a look at the menu and liked the sound of it and the prices were very reasonable. It was just down the road from our hotel on Oktober 6 utca in Lipotvaros area, not too far from Liberty Square.
When we arrived in the evening at 8pm, there were already a few people seated and there was a live gypsy violin band playing. I play the violin myself, so for me, it was a lovely treat. The music was just perfect, not too overpowering for the smallish surroundings. Throughout the evening, the violinist would play several songs with the band in the corner, and then would also wander round, playing for each table individually, if desired, and playing any requests. A lovely touch.
Food wise, me and my partner shared a Hungarian meat tapas plate, which was definitely enough for two, I think I would have been overfaced if this was for one! a nice selection of meats and pates, served with bread.
Our main courses were beautifully presented, and the food was delicious. My boyfriend had steak cooked with foie gras, asparagus and fried potato dumplings - the only one down side was that they did not ask him how he would like his steak cooked, so it was slightly overdone for his liking, but it was still tasty. I ordered some Mangalica pork which came with some sort of noodle/pasta. Seasoned to perfection, and again, very well presented.
No room left for pudding, but the pancakes looked very yummy - I saw a young girl having them at the table next to us!
The waiters were very attentive and pleasant to deal with. As our Hungarian is limited to Thank you!, they were very obliging and made us feel very welcome. We tried some of the local fruit liquor (brandy? Possibly called Palinka?) - Beware - this blows your mind - literally! Very very strong and not for the faint hearted!!
Lovely restaurants, I will definitely go back when we return to Budapest one day.