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 over 50 years.
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The Gay Hussar
2 Greek StreetSohoLondonW1D 4NB
Food was surprising bland. Csirkepaprikás needed a lot of salt but still lacked the signature onions and paprika flavors. Duck was overcooked and dry. Gulyásleves was average... All that for way too much money. If you want Hungarian in London, hop on a plane to Budapest, grab a meal and fly home... It may be cheaper.more
I knew that the gay hussar was an expensive tourist trap but I had an urge for goulash soup that could not be controlled. It was closer to a compulsion.
I ordered the soup, which was watery with almost no meat and excessively spicy. Next came a Wiener schnitzel that was overcooked and excessively breaded. the breading was even falling off. It was amateur hour. Finally the cucumber salad: limp...more
A unique restaurant that offers good hearty winter weather food. Make sure you sit upstairs to be in a more relaxed environment. The food itself was great and the service very helpful. Maybe it's due to its location in Soho but the prices are a bit steep but well worth a visit if you have a tastecard, 50% off. (Visit - 30/10/2014 Dinner)more
Hmm. This place may be an institution, but the food is bland at best and unappealing at worst. We had some really odd dishes, like a fish terrine that contained both milk and gelatin. We had four dishes, and didn't like any of them very much. Service wasn't great, either.
I would strongly recommend avoiding this place, unless you're going specifically because of its political history.more
I didn't know what to expect from Gay Hussar when we came, but we arrived to discuss our book club book about Hungarian immigrants in the UK, so it seemed like an appropriate place to go. There doesn't seem to be a lot of seating, but there is an entire extra upstairs dining area where we were shown when we arrived.
I opted to order a bottle of the Hungarian Cabernet Sauvignion, and I was...more