Great local restaurant in Central Pest. Has a history of over 70 years that spans the pre and post Communism period. The Beef Goulash is great as is their Mushroom Soup. Very good value for around $20 USD per person including 3 courses and drinks.
Favorite Dish: Beef Goulash - Beef was amazingly tender.
The style of the restaurant could be described as bold understatement. Neither the simple entrance nor the rough interior compare in any way with the delicate food they serve. It's mainly traditional Hungarian so if you want to know what this means, come to this place. In the area are a lot of higher and highly priced restaurants, but stay focused and find your way to the "ugly duckling".
The best choice is the menu, but to give you an indication of what to expect.
The goulash soup indeed is served as a starter, but don't worry if you get four slices of white bread to accompany it, for 950 HUF (about 4 euro).
A very tasty alternative might be the onion soup served in a small bread, for 650 HUF (about 2.60 euro), or the fish soup, or...
A good main dish is the boiled chicken in a red pepper sauce, together with small dumplings (as on one of the pictures for this article), for 1450 HUF (about 6 euro).
Or something sweet for main course? Try the chicken stuffed with cheese and fruit sauce.
Espresso is 300 HUF (abou 1.20 euro). It's the Austrian Julius Meinl brand.
The restaurant opens daily from 12:00 to 22:00.
Favorite Dish: Take the menu with a soup, main dish and dessert. When I went there it was the Goulash soup, Boiled chicken in red pepper sauce and a Pancake, all very yummy (delicious) for the unbelievable price of 1990 HUF, which is about 8 euro. If you take an espresso afterwards, the day has a perfect highlight (at least your stomach will say so).
This an extremely cosy place with a very friendly (and fast!) service, which offers you not only politeness but very good advice what to eat and what to avoid. Prices are very affordable, and you get a truly nice portion for your money.
Favorite Dish: I ate Hungarian style catfish (harcsapaprikas) with a special dough (sztrapacska). This was THE best food in the whole last year I got ever. I am a Hungarian, so I know what to expect. The taste they made was beyond all expectations. If you really want to have something extraordinarily tasteful and local, please come here and try yourself. I understand that I will not sound reliable if not criticizing at least something. Here you are: if you want to taste the best Hungarian wines, go to Villany, and do not stay in Budapest. They do have good vines, but obviously in this price category you will miss the best. However, to over-burden such a great taste of food with an ever better wine would be perhaps too much.
If you want to taste typical hungarian food (both goulash types) in a nice place in Pest, spending very few money, this is the place!
Don't miss to sign the guestbook...you can find my trace dated October 7th 2004:-)
Favorite Dish: i tasted good glass of wine with goulash.
honestly i don't like much the small pasta served with goulash...but..de gustibus!
We found this restaurant when we started to explore the city from our Hotel on the first full day. And decided to go back here on teh 2nd. And it was a very good choice. Not many tourists, mostly local people on the day we were in. And the food was very good. Very good price\quality and very friendly service.
The restaurant is open every day from 12.00 till 22.00
Typical hungarian food at very low price in a nice atmosphere... Nothing more to ask...
...or maybe just one detail, wine at the right temperature!! Even the worse red wine can be drinkable if it is not warm...
Favorite Dish: In Hungary, the goulash is indeed a soup. However I'm still unsure if we have to eat it as a starter or as the main dish...
We choose the starter way... First Goulash and then Hungarian pork...
Well, when we got the 'soup', it was served in a half-liter bowl... then the pork plate was quite impressive too...
I still don't know if Hungarians use to eat a lot or if we made a big mistake, all I can say is that I had quite some difficulties to finish my plate ;-)