I would highly recommend this restaurant to all of the chowhounds in and around Austin.
I started off with a fresh garden salad with a spicy Tomato Basil dressing. For the main course I had wonderful Hungarian goulash with beef that melted in my mouth. The flavor was really deep and every bite added on to previous, the effect of the dish was subtle and absolutely delicious. It was different than the goulash I'd had in the Czech Republic; it was very hearty, but at the same time, it had some wonderful fruity undertones. The bread dumplings were perfect for sopping up all of the sauce. For desert we had an Austrian dumpling dish (can you tell I love dumplings?) that was smothered in a cold custardy-vanilla topping. Everything I ate was top notch and I'd say that it was one of the better dining experiences I've had since I came to Austin for school in back in 1999.
The atmosphere was warm and homey. The people were all super nice and the owner, Annie, a pastry chef in a previous life, walked us through everything and made sure that we had an enjoyable experience. There was an accordian player who contributed to the ambiance (who knew that accordian music was cool) and our server was wonderful - she must have checked in on us 10 times to make sure everything was ok :). It's locataed in an old building in the historic district of Pflugerville on the old Main Street.
It's a great place to take a date, and for the price, you'd be hard pressed to find a more fun and different (in a good way) place in Austin. Thanks goes out to the chowhound who recommended that I try this place.
You can look at the menu and find directions to the European Bistro at http://www.hungariancatering.com.
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