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Respond to Review of Napfenyes Restaurant and Pastry Shop - Napfenyes Etterem es Cukraszda
by Zaz

Review: We ate here twice during our stay in Budapest. The first time we went, we ordered two soups and the mixed platter for two. The soups were quite good, especially the bean goulash and also very reasonably priced at only 550 HUF (less than €2) for a small cup. The mixed platter (3800 HUF) featured grilled seitan steaks, falafel, deep-fried vegetable pancakes, fried non-dairy cheese along with (fried) mashed potatoes, braised red cabbage, rice and peas and a creamy garlic sauce. On the plus side, the portions were very generous and the platter could easily have fed 3 people. However, I couldn't help but feeling that it was very fatty/oily (and possibly also a lot of it had come from the freezer, but I can't be sure of this). The drinks were interesting: I drank a homemade ginger drink and my husband had a freshly-pressed apple juice, which was very tasty. We also took two slices of cake away for breakfast the next morning and they were quite good, if perhaps a little unimaginative. The second time, we were determined to order something that sounded a little less fatty so I went with the "paprika eggplant stew with cous cous" and my husband had the spag bol, which were both very reasonably priced and generously portioned. I wasn't that impressed by the quality of the food but I suppose at 1300 HUF and 1800 HUF for our dishes, we really couldn't complain. One thing I would say about the place is that the atmosphere is very relaxed and there seem to be quite a few regulars who frequent the place. Also, you can purchase dairy-free milks here along with some other vegan products like biscuits etc. The self-service salad bar also looked quite fresh and was priced at only 600 HUF for a small bowl. Overall, the place is worth a visit - even if just for the comfort of knowing that what you order is vegan - but don't expect gourmet food.


proper or pompous?
Posted by proper or pompous? on Saturday, May 12, 2012
it's true that everyone's tastes vary, but when you order a dish consisting of (and clearly stated on the menu) primarily fried food with a creamy sauce, and then complain the dish was "very fatty/oily" that's on you, not the restaurant. plus, you can see the kitchen from the hallway, and i've watched them make the food before. so, you can be sure of this, never did i see anything "come from the freezer" and get served. you know what they say about making assumptions...
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