I have to admit, we have picked the Vadaszkurt (The Huntsman's Horn) for the wines. Sopron is one of the perhaps lesser known wine regions of Hungary and Mr Bausz has the reputation of being one of the foremost promoters in the Sopron of the local wines. He did not disappoint! In the matter of one dinner (sadly, we had no time in our busy trip schedule for more) to taste about 7 different wines, mostly of local producers (a few mixed in for contrast only elevated the wine tasting). Higly recommended the Taschner Irsai Oliver (a very perfumed white) while the contrats of the Luca and the Jandl Blaufrankisch wines is another must try.
The food on offer covers a broad spectrum all representative of Western Hungary: townsfolk dishes, peasant fare, plenty of game (clue: The Huntsman's Horn). The fish stew is excellent and is made in the style the Danube fisherman make it (lacks the intense red color of the one you would get near the Tisza river, that is). We have sample a number of game dishes all of which were excellent. The only caveat for the traveller is the steak tartare: it is made with a ketchup like sauce which some, who are used to salt and pepper only, may find odd. However, this is how it is prepared in this neck of the woods. Perhaps, the diner could be given the option to have it with or without the sauce: the quality of the meat was superb!
Desserts are simple but delicious: a variety fo crepes or chestnut puree with stewed berries. You cannot make a mistake going either way and there is no meal complete without dessert! A selection of fruit brandies is also available to wash down the dinner.
You are advised to come with a good appetite; we have left stuffed.
The restaurant is spacious and can accomodate largeish parties easily. Service was fantastic, even mroe so as Mr Bausz seemed to tend to all the tables with equal grace and hospitality. There were a number of regulars and some who are less so. Dogs seem to be allowed as long as they behave themselves. Children are loved.
Wines you sample are available at 'cellar price' (price you would get buying directly from the producer)... and we also got an extra bottle tucked in for good measure.
All in all, an excellent experience and hope to return one day.
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