A Traditional Dinner at the Black Raven

You find the Black Raven in the streets behind St. Matthias Church in the old city of Budapest. Nestled between a series of small restaurants boasting traditional Hungarian cuisine, the Black Raven drew me in because of its competitive prices and outdoor seating. The inside of the restaurant would be a cute place to hunker down in cold weather, featuring rustic decor and of course the eponymous Raven.

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Soon after my friends and I sat down, a couple of musicians showed up to serenade us. It was a nice touch. Then there was the food (isn’t that always the most important part?).

I ordered the “Jacket Meat,” mostly because I was dying to know what that could mean. It turned out to be a pretty standard-variety but incredibly delicious breaded porkchop, a la schnitzel. My friends got chicken in a paprika sauce and a turkey/walnut/sour cherry combination. All the food was cooked well, though the chicken turned out to be a little bland.

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Overall it was a pretty good experience. The prices weren’t very expensive, but then we were a little disappointed with the portion sizes (especially on the chicken). The wait staff was very nice and attentive, despite a bit of a language barrier, and they made no complaints about working out separate checks with multiple credit cards.

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There are some downsides that almost always come into play when you’re in touristy areas, but if you’re close to St. Mattias and want a delicious, filling, reasonably priced meal, I think the Jacket Meat at the Black Raven is a solid choice.

IMG_7144Do you have a favorite nom-spot in Budapest? What are your top tips for finding good food in touristy areas? Where do you think I should go discover the cuisine next?

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