I had been looking forward to going for quite some time, having read some very positive reviews on TripAdvisor and heard good things on web sites. A delayed wedding anniversary celebration proved the ideal excuse. It is situated in deepest district 8 near Keleti Station in an area that might be described as “up and coming”. The quirk of the restaurant is that there is no menu. The courses are fixed but if you have any allergies they can change certain items. You can start at 4 courses or go up to 7 courses. We chose the 4 course menu (although we were promised the 5 course menu when we booked as a special offer).
Our first impressions were good. It seemed busy and there was a lively buzz. It soon went downhill. We were left for a long time before they came to take our drinks order and when the waiter realised (after telling him more than once) that we did not want to take the wine offer which included wines to match the dishes for an undisclosed sum his attitude became even more offputting. The wine list though quite extensive seemed a little on the pricey side to me- but then I am not a wine buff.
Our food started arriving and a small amuse bouche was followed by our starter- duck liver with smoked eel. I liked the smoked eel but will be happy never to taste duck liver again. Having studiously avoided goose liver since coming here (too too cruel) I was not really too happy about the duck. This is one of the perils of eating in this kind of place. We were left for long periods of time with no food or drink. The waiter kept our wine bottle and only topped our glasses up when he remembered- not very often. Our soup course was a vegetable consomme with a few mussels floating in it- they did not add anything to the flavour and seemed a bit of an empty gesture. We had arrived at 7.30 but it was now past 9 and our food intake had been very minimal. The main course arrived and what there was of it was good, slow roasted pork with a reduced sauce and a few vegetables. I was very happy to get our dessert of plum crumble cake as this meant we could leave!
I would love to say that we had spent a lovely 3 hours but all I can really remember is the surly waiter, being hungry and feeling very uncomfortable. The handmade ceramic crockery was much admired by me though. At 5000 HUF each for the food it was not bad value but we will not be going back and if you do I would suggest that the 7 course option might be an idea although it would probably take 5 hours. Hubby has been to a similar very famous restaurant in Lyon and he claims that the food was much better and the staff far ruder- but with a certain Gallic charm!
Maybe we just expected too much. The food and the service in particular does not warrant such rave reviews in my opinion.
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