We need positive thinking. It’s desperately in short supply, understandably, but it’s very much needed in Budapest.
Goulash is probably the first dish sought by every visitor Hungary, and rightly so, as it is delicious. But visitors and new residents don't know goulash like the locals do. They don't know who makes it right when mom is too busy to make. But if it is goulash made the way the locals like it that you want, then head to Frici Papa. A recent visit to this fine little gem was not only enjoyable but quite easy on the pocketbook.
The service was fast and attentive, and we had scarcely seated ourselves before menus were in our hands and a smiling face awaited our order. Despite being a local favourite, the menus sport English translation. In our party of five, all but one ordered goulash, which was rich and spicy without being hot. The taste of the beef shined in the rich flavors of the sauce, rather than being obscured.
We ordered our selections with fries, roasted potatoes, and white rice, but the, lightly buttered, herbed potatoes truly best highlight the work of Frici Papa's chef. Order what you wish, though, as the goulash is the star here and I could well have eaten it with just the bread on the table, which was also quite good. As for portions, we could have ordered two to share. They are huge.
The prices are easy on the pocketbook across the menu. It gets no better than this. If you are new in town, get yourself over to Frici Papa immediately. If you have been here for a spell but have been missing out, well... now you know.
Films are a great way to better understand the Hungarian soul.
Director István Szöts tells the story of a woodcutter who moves his family into the serene mountains of Transylvania in search of a better life, only finding tragedy instead.
Winner of the Biennale Award at the Venice Film Festival.
Thelonius Monk once said,
I don’t know where jazz is going. Maybe it’s going to hell. You can’t make anything go anywhere. It just happens.
We now know it decided it was better to go to Budapest...