This charming little bistro is nicely set in a nice central area of Budapest.
As soon as you walk in you get a good idea for the place - hearty smells, a live xylophone player (brilliant!) and quaint little tables - but also with a clean, contemporary finish. However this place is in every way a cut above the 'tradition cleaned up for tourists' shtick. The food is rich and the set menu is an especially good choice for those wanting a decent grounding in Hungarian grub, while there's extra spice on the side - paprika, naturally - for the more adventurous. The service is wonderful - the lady who runs it (also apparently head waitress and possibly cook) is funny and attentive at the table, but also knows when to allow conversation to flow. This together with the jaunty music (guess the pop hit the xylophonist is playing is a game that doesn't get old) and warm chatter from a full, mixed restaurant provides a lovely place to enjoy your evening.
Overall: The food itself is joyous, however it really is the atmosphere that elevates this restaurant from good to great. Beware the post meal booze - deadly stuff!
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