The Hidden - Pick étkezde

Kossuth Lajos tér 9. [map]
Pest, V, Kossuth Lajos tér 9.
(M 2), 0 min
Cuisine > Hungarian

Rating: 8.5/10

Take a look at the photo. We’re going to play spot the restaurant. Difficult, isn’t it? I couldn‘t see it either… and I’ve walked past that particular Pick Salami shop more times than I’ve had hot dinners. (there).

In fact, I probably wouldn’t have come across it at all without a tip off from a friend - it’s tucked away on the first floor, with just two A4 signs on the shop’s sliding door blowing its cover.

Don't be fooled... Pick is not a salami restaurant. It's actually a pretty basic Hungarian canteen, but there are a few good reasons to recommend it. For one thing, it’s in a fantastic spot, directly opposite Parliament. This also makes it very close to the Central European University, although I can’t recall ever seeing any foreign students in there. The clientele is predominantly made up of old folks and business people, and given that it’s constantly packed, this is perhaps one of the best opportunities you’ll have to see a real life Hungarian dribbling főzelék (a thick, vegetable soup) down their chin.

At Pick, the early bird catches the worm, or rather the early bird gets a much better choice of worms. Arriving after one fifteen is a serious gamble, the főzelék will almost certainly have run out and you’ll be lucky to get anywhere near the pörkölt (beef or pork stew). It says it’s open till four, Monday to Friday, although what they serve after two I have absolutely no idea. Biscuits, apologetically?

And, while it may sound functional
, the food is far better than you'd expect. However, what really makes Pick stand out are the prices. With just 400 ft in your pocket you can almost certainly leave with your appetite sated (if you order say, a large bowl of főzelék and bread). Otherwise, mains cost between 200 and 700 ft. So, Pick is cheap and good. You should go. Recommended. And erm, that's it...

...hmmm. I
can't help feeling that this review looks a bit on the short side compared with others on this page. Maybe I should pad it out by throwing in a few desperate puns, about this being a good lunch Pick. Something I think you’ve already Picked up on. Not s-Pick and span, nor Pick-turesque but compared to similar canteens, the Pick of the Bunch. Perfect for Pick-y eaters. Ha! Pick that one out! That pun was Pick-tastic!

(Dearie me, I'm honestly very sorry about those. I feel like an absolute Pick.)

Food: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Atmosphere: 8/10

Value for money: 10/10

Andy T


  1. Unknown said...

    Ahhh, this place! It's weirdly addictive. The cheapest meal I ever had there was a weiner schnitzel (that's a becsi szelet to you), red cabbage and potatoes. I think it came to something stupid like 350Ft, as I *only* wanted one schnitzel. Cheapskate's tip: get free cups of water from the big fridge opposite the till. And if you get a coffee, the cashier makes it for you. Now that's service.  


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