Having spent the early part of the day looking round the spectacular Memento Park – home to an amazing collection of statues from Hungary’s communist era – I was in need of something hearty and unfussy for lunch.
On the recommendation of Rene, who joined for lunch recently at Kricket and Turl Street Kitchen, I headed to Spiler, a bar with a menu of Hungarian classics as well as pizza, burgers and the like.
I was seated in the outside area which formed part of a little parade of places along similar lines aimed at hoovering up passing trade in this busy part of downtown Pest.
The waiter immediately recommended one of the specials of the day, catfish paprikash, which sounded good to me. I added a small glass or two of the local Forgotten Transylvanian lager.
The paprikash soon arrived accompanied by some cottage cheese pasta, as is traditional, and with a little pot of hot chilli sauce which I expect is less so.
It proved just the hearty dish I was looking for. The fish was well cooked, with a satisfying meatiness to it, with the paprika-infused sauce very good. The pasta was a good balancing accompaniment.
So overall, I enjoyed my trip to Spiler. It served me a very good version of a traditional Hungariain dish. I’d be glad to revisit next time I’m in town. It’s worth a look if and when you’re here.
Blythe scores Spiler
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 15/20
I ate: catfish paprikash, cottage cheese pasta, hot chilli sauce
I drank: Forbidden Transylvanian lager
I wore: aloha shirt
Total bill: £12.74
Address: Kiraly utca, 13, Budapest 1075