Not a must-visit restaurant!
As I know quite a bit about Transilvania and especially about the food and drinks there I went into restaurant Széklykapu in Budapest with high expectations. Additionally the dinner was organised by a Transilvanian so I was totally happy about going there to have a nice dinner with some nice Pálinka.
Unfortunately it didn’t meet my expectations at all. The Pálinka was fine and the beer, the original, fantastic “Ciuc”, was as usual fantastic and the live music was OK that alone made a great evening because there is nothing else you need when you get drunk and can dance. Nevertheless I expected a nice food so I ordered the Vinette (Padlizsan Krém / Aubergine Creme) as a starter which didn’t even have onions in it which is an absolute No Go in Transilvania. It tasted just like nothing. As I main course I decided to eat a slice of pork meat with a onion, paprika sauce on top which as well had no taste at all. Not even the onions tasted like anything.
All the other dishes I tried from my friends were not better, not thinking about really good or Transilvanian.
Stayed the Ciki Sör and the Blueberry Pálinka which was great but that alone doesn’t make afantastic evening, at least not if you go to a restaurant with such high expectations.
And of course that was not enough. The waitress, an unfriendly, unalerted woman brought a bill with just some numbers listed. As we were 9 persons, had a lot of food and drinks we could not figure out if everything is correct or if maybe the tip is already added or something is listed twice. We ended up spending 56.000 HUF which is not too bad for a 9 person dinner including loads of drinks but it was just not transparent at all.
Overall I can just recommend not to go there if you want to taste Transilvanian cuisine, it is just not worth it. Unfortunately I have not found any other alternative other than going to Transilvania yourself which is still the best.
Podmaniczky utca 29.
6th district, Budapest
Telefone: +36 1 269 4072