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The Paprika Csárda Hotel is the first thing one sees when entering Hungary from Austria via Hegyeshalom. It's a big complex of buildings on the left of the freeway, housing a hotel, a market, a gallery of shops, and the restaurant. In the back of the complex is a "Night Club", however, the ladies of this establishment are more interested in making the acquaintance of the truckers driving through....
The restaurant is absolutely adorable - all wood ceilings, floors, and furniture, it is decorated in traditional hungarian style and it gives a feeling of warm welcome and cozyness. The food is excellent - but beware: the portions are quite large. A small soup each, with a shared main-dish is plenty for 2 people.
When you open the menu you'll see 4 columns and might read something like this:
Gözgombóc - Germknödel - Dumpling - Parenébuchticky
The menu is written in 4 languages: Hungarian, German, English, Czech
The Gözgombóc by the way is a steamed dumpling with melted butter, sprinkled with poppyseed and powdersugar - delicious!
Favorite Dish: What is a visit to Hungary without trying the famous gulyás-soup. Paprika restaurant serves the soup in two sizes - either the small (which is a decent sized bowl) as an entree, or the large, which is served in a stewing pot, as a main dish by itself.
I had a fish-stew, which also was extremely tasty. Can't really say which of the soups was better...
Fresh white bread is served with any soup.
If you have a taste for something sweet, try the Gözgombóc (see above). The taste might need some getting used too, since poppyseeds have a somewhat unique flavor (which goes amazing well with sugar and butter...).
If you want something even sweeter, try the chocolate-palatschinken (thin pancakes). These are served flambé (see picture).
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: Hegyeshalom border to Austria
You can lay on the grass and watch night freight train activity on the railway station, that's something I call REALLY exciting nighttime project. :D
Dress Code: No Tuxedo
Updated Dec 5, 2003