Tucked away down a little side street, our meal at Chess was one of the highlights of our trip to Budapest. Immediately on arrival, we received a warm greeting from the staff and were offered a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. An amuse bouche of seared swordfish followed.
I started with a beef consomme with a dumpling stuffed with meat while H got the goulash. My main of pork tenderloin with cocoa bean mash was a revelation. Pork and cocoa is not something I've seen paired before, but it worked very well together. H had the leg of lamb which was fantastic too.
For dessert, I had a Hungarian pudding that I'm not too sure exactly what it was. There were oats in it and it was sort of like a cheesecake, but not quite. In any case, it was wonderful too as was H's panna cotta.
Towards the end of our meal someone casually wandered in from the back of the restaurant to dine and it was only then I realised that the restaurant was attached to a hotel. Not that this would sway me one way or the other, but I'd never have guessed from the outside.
I felt Chess was a great choice for us and highly recommend it if you are ever in Budapest.
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