Budapest Folklore Show with Dinner
The pick-up from and return to our Hotel worked well. The concept of holding a folklore show and dinner in an old cellar was very appealing. Unfortunately, this event was a bit disappointing. The cellar utilized is long and very narrow with bench tables lined up along each side of the cellar with a narrow passage in between. The show was performed essentially at one end of the cellar and difficult to view by most patrons due to this seating configuration. The night we attended mid-June the temperature there was unpleasant due to poor air circulation. The meal - by necessity of the number of patrons, was batch prepared for quicker distribution. However, the standard of food could have been improved. Plenty of house red or white wine was available and included with the meal.
We visited the Folklore show with dinner in Budapest 5 adults, the food was average - not relay Hungarian except the Gulash soup.
This is a very nice vine cellar the show is at one end of the place so if you are not sitting near to the performers its hard to see or hear.
The evening started with a taxi picking us up from our hotel.He couldn't speak English and didn't seem to know who he had to pick up. He took us about half a kilometer to where we had to transfer to a coach. Sat there for half an hour while the organizers seemed in a real muddle. Our English speaking tour guide was hard to understand. Evening entertainment started slow but improved as the night went on. Food was average but the staff where pleasant.
The show in itself is very good. What was not very good is that the musicians played, for a long time, Jewish music for a Jewish group. Nothing against Jewish music, but we were in Hungary and had paid to enjoy Hungarian music. If we wanted to listen to Jewish music we would have gone to Israel. As we did some years ago.
The dancers presented a nice show, the dance floor being small, there were only four of them. Pity.
The food was good, Hungarian to a point. I was expecting Apple Strudel or Palacsinta for desert, instead of chocolate mousse which I get home and better. Quantity plentiful, no limit on wine and beer.
Overall a pleasant evening, the price was not excessive considering the Hotel pick up and return and the nice detour to get a beautiful view of the city by night.
I was unable to attend this event because I did not connect with the ride that was to pick us up at the hotel. The problem was that I was not expecting a taxi, especially not expecting a cab driven by a driver who could not read enough English to recognize a ticket to the show when I showed it to him in explanation as to why I was waiting at the hotel door. I would advise anyone who buys this show to ask questions about the specifics about how one is being picked up. My experience in being picked up at a hotel for an event is that the pickup process is self-evident. This time it was not. This then is not a criticism on the show, only on the the pick-up service.