Being a foodie is a passion which every individual can relate. Anyone can love food or anyone can say they like to eat but only few are bold enough to actually ventures out of their comfort zone and try something new.
The Magyar Hungarian Restaurant is a new restaurant that will actually challenge your taste buds and give you a taste of Hungary. The first Hungarian restaurant in the Metro.
Who wouldn’t want to try the dishes being offered by Magyar? They offer a wide range of Hungarian dishes that will excites’ everyone taste pallets.
I was one of the lucky few to actually enjoy their Tasteful Hungarian dinner.
I came a little early, so that I can actually enjoy the place before the others arrive.
I actually love the place; it is simple, no big statue or gigantic Hungarian relic to say “We serve Hungarian food.” The table are neatly arranged to accommodate customer in any numbers.
I love the wood table and chair, only few restaurant still prefer wood table and chairs compared to the steel or aluminium tables and chairs.
Another thing I noticed was the Magyar’s unique menus. It’s a homemade scrapbook that shows photos of some of their food, and hand written trivia of Hungary dishes. They are hand made by their waiters, so every scrapbook menu is unique.
We were served with their Bread basket, made directly from their kitchen. Yes, every bread are freshly baked in their kitchen. This is one of the many services that are keeping me interested. Only few restaurants actually do that.
The Bread basket is the best way to try every bread they offer. The bread basket serve with butter is consist of 2 soft rolls, one cumin roll, a slice each of their old country bread and chili-cheese bread.
Another tasty treat appeared in front of me after a bountiful basket filled of their wonderful breads. A plate of wonderful looking Langos.
Langos is deep fried potato bread, topped with sour cream, garlic and cheese. This is a popular merienda in Hungary as well as its bordering countries. The name comes from the Hungarian word “lang”, which means flame.
After the tasty bread samples, we were then server with their Goulas the Beef and Szekely (pork and sauerkraut) goulash.
Goulash is known as the Hungarian specialty all over the world. The word gulyás originally meant only “herdsman,” but over time the dish became gulyáshús (goulash meat) – that is to say, a meat dish which was prepared by herdsmen. Today, gulyás refers both to the herdsmen, and to the soup.
MAGYAR restaurant serves a variety of this soup: beef, lamb, szekely (pork and sauerkraut), seafood and mushroom. According to Vanessa Qua (owner of Magyar Hungarian Restaurant) “The last two are not authentic Hungarian versions however these are available for those who prefer fish and vegetable dishes over meat.”
“One interesting story about our szekely goulash is that we had this half Hungarian half American guest. He loved that we were able to keep our food authentic despite the lack of Hungarian in the kitchen and he suggested this version. ” added Vanessa.
Then the main course came.
The Stuffed Chicken is a boneless chicken with chestnut stuffing serve with sauerkraut and roasted potatoes. They used both red and white cabbage in making the sauerkraut in their kitchen!
All I can say is that the Stuffed Chicken was truly delicious.
Thinking that it was the last of our treat and then come out the Chicken Paprika. Slowly cooked chicken in paprika cream sauce drizzled with sour cream, served with spaetzle and lecso.
Not that I didn’t like the Chicken Paprika but the Lamb version is the one that I like the most. The Lamb Paprika version is becoming a favourite amongst our regular guests. Who can argue about that? The lamb was sweet and tender. This is my recommended dish in their menu.
Then dessert was served. In the middle of a small plate was a delicious crepes that will fill your tummy to end a wonderful meal. The Palacsinta is the Hungarian word for crepe/pancake. This Hungarian favourite contains chocolate, oranges, raisins and walnuts.
The Magyar Hungarian Restaurant is a must try. Bring your family, friends, your date/s, and enjoy their bountiful of dishes that explodes with authentic Hungarian flavour.
The Magyar Hungarian Restaurant is located at:
G/F Unit 3 Maga Center Paseo de Magallanes
Makati City Philippines
Tel: 8531397 and 8620376