In search of dinner after a particularly trying journey to Budapest we alighted on the Black Raven for no other reason than it was just around the corner from our hotel. The two most complimentary things I can say about the place were a) it was open; and b) the food was edible.
On the down side, the price of the food was high and that for the wine a complete rip-off - £30 for an OK Pinot Noir! - even for the Old Town. The waiter was pretty surly and seemed more concerned with other customers. Like a previous reviewer, we fell for the gypsy musicians scam. Having serenaded another and much larger table they turned their attentions to us. The opening gambit was to ask where we were from and then to inquire if we would like to hear classical or Hungaran folk music. Not wishing to appear rude, I opted for the latter. After a couple of very short songs, I offered a tip but was greeted with "No, no, we play for love of music. In this country, the tradition is to buy the musicians a drink if you like what they play." I agreed and the leader immediately asked the waiter to bring three beers. They then played another song and asked if rather than beer they could change the order to Hungarian schnapps? I agreed.
With service (and the schnapps, which weighed in at £15) a 2 course meal came to over £100. Simple message to those considering patronising this place: avoid!
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