Budapest: Baraka restaurant
This is where we had our anniversary meal and already, it is one of the meals of my life.
A wonderful atmosphere greets us and we enjoyed the epitome of courtesy. Staff are invisible and yet there – the perfect balance of how wait staff should be
I had my customary salmon and we went on to choose desserts, at which point the Proprietor came to our table. It turns out he’s the dessert chef and just wanted to explain the desserts. Afterwards, we saw him giving this personal service to everyone and like a good hairdresser, he remembered the conversation with one and continued it later in the meal.
When we told him we also travel to celebrate our anniversary, he came back and offered us an after dinner cocktail or dessert wine on the house. Neither of us are big drinkers (we decided against wine here as we thought we may grab a cocktail somewhere afterwards. We gratefully accepted the dessert wine – after all, we usually only have that on Christmas day and we’re told Hungary is famous for it. We spend the rest of the trip looking out for in the shops and markets.
Scottish salmon crusted with almond & cilantro, orange couscous, fennel, passion fruit
Followed by Baked Alaska
Rosé Duck breast seared, sticky Indonesian rice, Tokaj raisins, mulled wine
Followed by Chocolate - hot, cold, liquid
The place is unassuming, the food delicious and it’s amazing value at around £55 for two. It was worth at least twice that.