Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
December 4, 2006
Rocco is really a tale of two restaurants depending on the time of year you visit. We visited in September just as the season was drawing to an end although the windy weather may have kept people away that night. From the outside the place didn't look much - dreary net curtains and dim lights were all you could really see. We tried to find somewhere else instead but many places had already closed for the season and so we made our way back to Rocco. What a surprise to go in and find the place lively and buzzing with only a few tables free. Admittedly it was quite dull inside, the decor was a bit drab although it was homely and cosy. Lack of Hungarian was no problem, the menu was also in English (though poor translations) and German (much easier).
The restaurant offers a range of traditional Hungarian dishes along with international meat-based dishes, Wiener schnitzel, for example, some freshwater fish dishes, and a range of pizzas. I went for the trout which was served with over done vegetables; luckily it was a fine piece of fish, cooked well. My partner went for the seafood pizza which was a generous size and had a thin and crispy base. The seafood was bit mean but OK. He had a side salad with this which was nicely dressed and the vegetables were crisp and fresh. Local and international beers are sold as well as locally made wines which are very good value. A bottle of wine and the two mains came to about £8. We picked up a postcard on leaving which showed photographs taken on summer days, depicting the restaurant as a lively and busy establishment. They have lots of outdoor space which will be quite nice to sit out in in the summer, though it is quite near a main road. I imagine that their are livelier and more pleasant places than Rocco in the high season, but in the off season Rocco is fine - nothing more.
From journal Touring Lake Balaton