H is for Hungarian

The Gay Hussar was the clearly stand out venue of our world tour to date. A venerable institution in the heart of Soho, it scored well across the board and we instantly felt at home in the intimate and atmospheric room lined with caricatures of famous British politicians who have dined there over the years.


Armed with plentiful bread and salty butter, starters ranged from Halpástétom (fish terrine with beetroot and cucumber relish, £7.50), the delicious Debreceni Kolbász (Hungarian smoked sausage, £6) and Gulyásleves beef goulash soup (£7).

For mains we particularly enjoyed the hearty and delicious Őzpörkölt venison and Borjúpörkölt Galuskával veal goulash (£18 and £18.50 respectively).


Desserts were a real treat (we haven’t been thrilled by the options to date) and we enjoyed the Mákos Rétes poppyseed and apple strudal with vanilla ice cream and walnut and chocolate pancakes.

Hungarian house wines were perfectly pleasant although the one beer on the option did feel a little lacking.

£40 a head including wine felt a very fair price for the quality of the meal, company and evening. It was a lot of fun.

Pie Hunter ratings

Value for money 4/5

Food 4.5/5

Drinks 3/5

Service 4/5

Atmosphere 5/5

Total 20.5/25


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