This was my first dinner in Budapest and our profit-driven taxi driver seemed intent on taking the long way to the restaurant when he found out 1 second into the trip that we weren't locals. This made the restaurant seem way far away, so I was instantly questioning what I was in for. I came to realize the place was much closer to our hotel than I originally believed.
The restaurant's ambiance instantly made us hungry, especially on a cold february night with a nice snow flurry outside. We had a table on the left of the door against the window which is always a favorite of mine and probably the rest of the world. The restaurant had a biased towards tasting menus (4, 5, 6, and 7 courses I believe), although you could order a la carte. Over the years my wife has slowly begun to move away from the tasting menus. She didn't get a chance to opine here as I quickly conveyed to the waiter we would both be having the 6 course tasting menu with the wine pairings. Usually we would not choose the wine pairings but I was eager to try the Hungarian wines and thought this would be a good opportunity to get established in the wines here.
The tasting menu was unbelievable. My two stand out dishes were the Deer and the Guinea Fowl. The meat on each was cooked perfectly and it was the best representation of both dishes I've ever had. These were the two dishes that really stood out the most to us.
I had no complaints about this restaurant until the waiter introduced me to Palinka, which is a Hungarian drink made from either fermented berries or fruits. There also might be gasoline in it. It was extremely strong and pungent but worth trying once or twice in a lifetime.
In the end if I had to recommend somebody a restaurant in Budapest to dine in I believe this would be my first choice. I would definitely go back again.
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