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Csarda's Hungarian in Hollywood

lil mikey | Aug 5, 2005 10:32 AM

This place really makes you feel like you’re in Europe.

The waiter has an accent, the TV was playing a World War II movie dubbed into Hungarian. The décor is sparse but very foreign. And it’s huge. There’s a very large patio (18 or so tables) and a large inside room with about the same number of tables. There is a grand piano on one side of the room, and a big PA system. It must get chuggin’ at night. I went for lunch, and there were only 3 single men there.

The bread has an unusual consistency. It’s good, but takes some effort to eat…very firm on the outside but quite fluffy on the inside.

The weiner schnitzel is very good, and a bargain at $8.95. The breaded meat is large, and hangs over the side of the plate. And it’s unexpectedly tender. The breading isn’t greasy at all and the meat is flavorful. It’s so good that I didn’t even need to squeeze lemon on it.

My favorite part is the steamed red cabbage with a slight vinegar taste. It’s such a perfect accompaniment to the meat. The potatoes are good, too. They have a slight smoky taste to them. Different, but quite good.

When it arrived, I didn’t think I had the appetite to finish even half of it, but by the time I left, the only things on the plate were a couple of the potatoes and the lemon wedge. This was really a good dish.

Csarda’s Hungarian
5820 Melrose Avenue (just west of Vine)
(323) 962-6434

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