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Couples: Complimentary bottle of wine with 2 courses

Book for 2, 4, 6 or 8 people. Enjoy a starter and main or main and dessert per person and receive a complimentary bottle of sparkling Hungarian wine per every two diners.

Offer valid until Sep 26 2015

Mercifully for its devotees, the modern ‘GH Soho’ sign outside the time-honoured red frontage doesn’t signal a flashy rebranding. Inside, all is as it should be at the Gay Hussar: dark wooden panelling bedecked with political portraits or Martin Rowson caricatures; nicotine-brown ceiling; polite, prompt Hungarian staff; and shelves of political biographies.

Gladstone stared bleakly down at our wooden settle, having perhaps eaten one too many dumplings. Since the restaurant’s 1953 inception, the powerbrokers of the political left have dined here. Despite the odd tourist party, they were still in evidence during our good-value lunch. More than a dozen traditional Hungarian dishes are offered for starters and mains. On a sweltering July afternoon we should have ordered the chilled wild cherry soup, or even the fish terrine with beetroot sauce and cucumber. Nevertheless, bean soup, a hearty, salty, wintery ‘soup of the day’, was lifted by slices of intensely smoky sausage. Intense flavours also characterised a main course of paprika-rich venison goulash, served with splayed out gherkin, tangy red cabbage and couscous-like tarhonya. A glass of Bull’s Blood (just £4.50) made a satisfying match.

For afters? The fruity, jelly-like mixed berry pudding provides needed refreshment; were he still active during the Gay Hussar’s 60-year lifetime, it might even have cheered up Gladstone.

 

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Gay Hussar says
Something of a Soho institution, The Gay Hussar packs a lot of character within its caricature-lined wood-panelled walls. Low lighting and plush furnishing add to the intimacy of the atmosphere, but it's the traditional Hungarian cuisine that really commands attention. Together with its extensive Magyar wine list, it leaves little doubt as to why the restaurant has been a popular haunt for more than 50 years with some of the world's biggest political figures and celebrities alike.
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Venue name: Gay Hussar
Contact:
Address: 2 Greek Street
London
W1D 4NB
Opening hours: Lunch served 12.15-2.30pm, dinner served 5.30-10.45pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road
Price: Main courses £12.75-£17.75. Set lunch £20.50 2 courses, £24.50 3 courses

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F T

Went to Gay Hussar on Saturday night on a deal including 2 courses and a glass of wine. The portions were very sizeable and very tasty (we had the fish dumplings and stuffed cabbage as well as wiener schnitzels and the duck liver which was cooked to perfection); the decor and ambiance were a pleasant surprise and to top it all of the manager and waiting staff were incredibly friendly and humorous even at the height of the restaurant service. Certainly recommended

F T

Went to Gay Hussar on Saturday night on a deal including 2 courses and a glass of wine. The portions were very sizeable and very tasty (we had the fish dumplings and stuffed cabbage as well as wiener schnitzels and the duck liver which was cooked to perfection); the decor and ambiance were a pleasant surprise and to top it all of the manager and waiting staff were incredibly friendly and humorous even at the height of the restaurant service. Certainly recommended

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Andy P

Classic Central European food in a wonderful environment. Bring some friends. Book a private room and plot a left wing takeover.

Bob Cohen

I have been going to the Gay Hussar since 1991 almost every other year. My review is simple .... fantastic food, excellent service as well as customer recognition. The manager (he) and staff always greets me as a friend as if I were there weekly. What else do I need from a restaurant!!!!!!!! Oh yes, I have been to Hungary PS will be there this April or May

Louise Lamb

There’s nothing gay about the Gay Hussar. Eastern European it definitely is. You feel the oppression as soon as you walk through the door. The manager greeting us couldn’t look more miserable if she’d tried harder. Where’s the music? The ambiance? The happy customers? The hors d’oeuvres to start were incredible in a bad way. How can you get cucumber wrong? No matter, I was sure I was safe with a veal schnitzel for main....WRONG! The schnitzel had more resemblance to an old leather handbag and so incredibly dry I’m sure the waiter must have thought I ordered a side dish of cotton mouth. Seems the people I was eating with felt the same about their Hungarian delights. Most of it went back to the kitchen! Undeterred, we sampled a Hungarian liquor called Unicum to round off the night (none of us felt brave enough to sample the sweet cheese pancakes on the dessert menu). Has anyone ever had a liquor that’s slightly fizzy before? We questioned how long it had been on the shelf and were assured that the restaurant sells oodles of these a week. Really? People really come back for the aftertaste of stomach acid in their mouth? I’m amazed this place is still in business but it seemed to be busy when we left so clearly there’s no accounting for taste. After complaining to the manager, we were grudgingly given 20% off our food but it came with a lot of huffing and puffing. I’ve never felt compelled to write a bad review before but this was just horrendous. My advice? Give this place a wide berth and spend your money on Burger King instead.

Graeme

First mistake, misunderstanding what ‘traditional Hungarian food’ really means on the online reviews. What we learnt, Hungary is truly shocking at food. Second mistake, staying for longer than 5 minutes after justifying to ourselves it will be an experience and broaden our horizons. What we learnt, not all experiences make your life better. Third mistake, asking the waitress for a recommendation. What we learnt, the waitress has obviously never eaten at her own restaurant. Fourth mistake, ordering Hungarian wine. What we learnt, Hungarian wine perfectly compliments Hungarian food. Final mistake, after not being able to finish the starter or main course opting for Unicum as a liqueur. What we learnt, its actually worse than it sounds and it was worryingly fizzy, however it’s easily the best thing we ordered! In summary, would I go back? No. Would I recommend it to anyone even if they were from Hungary and hadn’t eaten in 3 days? No. Do I understand why Mo Mowlems autobiography was used as decor and she stared at me for the whole meal? No. Have I ever felt the need to write a review before? No. Am I confident said Unicum was less than 10 years old? No. Will I remember the lessons learnt from this experience? Yes.