We had our best and most expensive dinner last night at the Liszt Etterem at the Aria Hotel, but expensive is relative in Budapest.
There are three dining rooms: a large, main room, a smaller, very intimate room, and several tables in the bar. We had our choice and opted for the bar, something out of the Emeral City of Oz. You could easily just stop for a drink here. I had the carp from Akaszto, pan fried and marinated in lordo with asperagus (4500 HUF) and Barb ordered the grilled baby chicken with roasted potato and green salad and burnt leaks (4500 huf). Each main course on the menu has a suggested wine pairing. We went with the suggestions - a Sauvignon Blanc from Etyek with the fish and a Pinot Noir from Eger - since we have been to both places. (2800 and 2200 HUF) respectively.
What originally attracted us to the restaurant was the mushroom paprikosh which is on a smaller menu called Easy Meal, a variety of items which are smaller but not quite appitizers. We asked the water if he thought starting with that would be too much. He said "No" and we were glad we decided to overdo the meal somewhat. It was a dish of wheat noodles with mushroom paprikosh infused with grilled scallions. Fabulous! As was the carp and the chicken. They make their own bread, butter, and sparkling water which comes with the meal, and everyone we interacted with, from the waiters to the sommelier to even the hosts took the time to stop and chat. Total was 17,000, about US $60.00. A bargain, and we would return to sample a few more items.
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