We passed by this restaurant on our way down the hill into the city and noted it was rated #30 out of 1081 restaurants in Budapest. That caught our attention and my wife and I agreed we would stop here on the way back. Perhaps the best decision we have made in the 100 or so restaurants we have eaten in in Europe.
We walked in and it was just past 5 p.m. and no one was in the place. Normally, my rule is not sit down in a restaurant if no one is there (based on a bad experience in Rome many years ago), but we didn't follow that rule tonight and I am very glad we did not. From the time we entered until we rolled out of there 2 hours later, the entire experience was phenomenal!
We had a bottle of Vida red wine, the house red, based on our waitress, Guandai's recommendation (sp?) and it was delicious. we started with the house cold starter, a combination of ham, salami, and paprika sausage, and a butter-type sauce, with some little veggies in it, which set the palate for the rest of the meal. We had the goulash soup with some hot paprika, which was also incredible tasty. But the highlight was the main dish, a Hungarian filet minion with a letch sauce and foie gras (which I normally don't like, but not this time), accompanied by potatoes. We topped it off with a chocolate souffle with flamed cherries. Absolutely delicious.
As to other reviewers who complained about overly friendly staff or having to pay with cash, all I can say is get a grip on reality. Our waitress and the owner were attentive, helpful, and caring. Not something common in my experience. Expensive? Not in our experience. Try eating in New York, Tokyo, or Paris. And to the folks who thought this was an average or poor meal, you must eat in heaven. I spent three years in Italy when I was young and ate some unbelievable meals and this one matched it.
Bottom line: Eat here, enjoy the wine, the meal, and the staff; this is an remarkable dining experience. Bring cash and pay your bill without complaining about not them not taking credit cards. We're going back to tomorrow night before we leave Budapest. Enough said.
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