Second time’s the charm
I had my reservations about returning here because the first time we ate here was less than spectacular. Apparently, the owner has been to the US and he/she saw the whole “order at the counter” thing that is in so many places in the States. Unfortunately, Hungarians aren’t trained in the ways of “order at the counter” and the little writing on the menu didn’t help at all. After walking in the restaurant and clearly wondering around where to sit, one of the waitresses graciously motioned at the entire restaurant and said something inaudible from across the bar. We sat down at a table, looked at the menu and waited, and waited, and waited… Finally the same waitress, without moving an inch, told us that we can order at the counter. We got up and ordered. I told her I didn’t know I had to order at the counter. She said it’s on top of the menu. Sure enough, it was there.
One side of the menu is Hungarian the other is English. The English side was clearly google translated and not spell checked. What was weird is that there were some ingredients on the English menu that was not listed in the Hungarian part and vice-versa. Ms. Salty ordered an omelette with vegetables and ham and as little oil as possible and a sugar-free coke. I ordered a duck sandwich and coffee. Her omelette came out pretty oily and it was full of cheese, which she did not order. My sandwich was fine but they didn’t say it was open face sandwich and they neglected to write down a couple extra ingredients which were also included on the sandwich. The coke wasn’t actually sugar-free even thou the menu said otherwise, and the coffee was just okay. We told all this to the manager. He was super nice, took the coke off the bill as well and told us that they have been only open for four months and they are still trying to get the hang of things. Four fucking months!? I’ve never opened a restaurant but that seems a bit long not to have your shit together. Especially the menu. It’s so easy to print another one! They are right behind the Four Seasons for crying out loud! Not a lick of Hungarian is heard on any of the neighboring streets. Why can’t you have a perfectly translated English menu four months after opening is beyond me.
Anyways…. The manager was super nice. He insisted that he will tell the owner everything we said and that they will fix everything by the next time we return. Also, the place looks fucking fantastic! Tastefully decorated, blue tiles with yellow trim and bronze fixtures. Really well-equipped kitchen. The place really does look awesome. We had to come back.
Second time around we went for lunch. Ordered the rotisserie half chicken and duck with some sides of sweet potatoes, kohlrabi puree, and a side salad. The chicken was very tasty and juicy, all the sides were freshly prepared and well seasoned, but the duck! The duck was on another level! My grandma makes a mean duck roast but this fucking bird was so tender, so soft and juicy! The skin was salty and crunchy and perfectly seasoned! I mean the meat was so tender that when I picked it up by the bone, it couldn’t handle earths gravity and it stayed on the plate and I ended up holding a bare bone! It was delicious! Sad to report that the menu is still google English but after that duck, I couldn’t care less. They also got sugar free coke now btw. 🙂
The first time we came here was bittersweet. The place looks amazing. I loved the design, the menu sounded great and I was hungry for some breakfast. I ordered an omelette with asparagus and with as little oil as possible. I got it pretty oily and I had cheese inside too. Why? I know that usually this is a lovely surprise but not for me. If I want to eat some cheese, I will order it on purpose. But this wasn’t in the description of the food. Also, the sugar-free coke wasn’t completely sugar-free. We talked with the manager and told every input we wanted to share and decided to give it a second try after a while.
The second time was a much more pleasant experience. Okay, to be fair, we went for lunch but that was great. The rotisserie chicken and duck both rocked and the kohlrabi puree was great. The meat was tender, juicy and if I would eat any type of skin, I’m sure this would have been the time for that. I got my sugar-free coke really sugar-free and although they didn’t correct the typos on the menu, I have to say that they made a few steps in the right direction.