by Matt Keedy
February 3, 2003
When my family came to visit me in Hungary, I took them to Cyrano. When friends came to visit, I took them to Cyrano. When I meet my Hungarian friends in Budapest, we meet at Cyrano. I love this restaurant. Its menu selection, location and atmosphere are what keep me coming back.
The restaurant is not big, a few tables are up in a loft accessed by a spiral staircase winding around a stone support column, making the restaurant very convivial and typically busy. Upon entering there is a chalkboard hanging up high with an ever-changing list of special menu items...I tend to stick to traditional Hungarian items "with a twist". Without fail, I always start with a bowl of the gulyas soup. If I have stopped by for a quick bite I usually add a Ceasar salad and leave quite fulfilled. For longer meals with friends, I tend to try the fish and fowl specialities -- chicken paprika, medallions of beef with lecso, or grilled duck. I have never had a bad meal or been disappointed!
In the summer, umbrella tables are set out on the pedestrian area to expand service and this is an excellent location for people watching, as the Vaci is just a few meters away.
Cyrano closes from 5pm-6.30pm to switch over to dinner -- there is a gigantic wagon-wheel type chandelier that hangs inside and is loaded with candles. When all of the candles are lit, along with those on the table, the effect is so stunning that barely any artificial light is needed. It is perfect for a romantic date or a special evening with friends.
This is always a MUST stop when I am in BP and I hope you will go too!
From journal Timesharing in Budapest/Clubhotel Ambra