Advantages Fair prices; enough food choice; open when others aren't
Disadvantages No Hungarian beers
Only a handful of the pubs and restaurants in the towns and villages on Hungary’s Lake Balaton open year round. We visited for the second time in May 2011 and found that the resorts were only now slowly gearing up for the oncoming season; facades were being painted, outdoor tables scrubbed and polished and shop shutters being thrown open.Tihany’s 'Steg' Pizzeria is one place that is open almost all year round (March to December); it may be pizzeria by name but it’s actually one of those places that tick all the boxes – coffee shop, pub, pizzeria, steakhouse and snack bar – so it’s hardly surprising that it’s one of the most popular places in the village and it attracts a variety of customers.
Our first visit was at lunchtime and we decided to share a pizza and a salad, not because it’s expensive (because it is not) but because we didn’t want to eat a great deal. There was plenty of choice of pizzas – about 25 if I recall correctly - so it was easy to find something we both liked. The pizza was more than enough for one person but just right for sharing; the salad, however, was very generous so in all we had a substantial lunch for two. Pizzas were priced roughly between £3.50 and £4.50 and a mixed salad was a very reasonable £2.09 for a sizeable bowl. After we'd ordered, a waitress brought a complimentary basket of lovely garlicky dough balls.The pizza base was neither thin crust nor deep pan but somewhere in between and it was a little overcooked which made it quite difficult to cut to share because the topping would slide all over the base while we tried to saw it. We’d chosen the Mexican which was topped with sliced green peppers, spicy sausage, kidney beans and sweetcorn; instead of the usual tomato sauce, a chilli infused one had been used. It was tasty and filling without being astonishing but the chilli certainly made it more exciting.
The salad was colourful and included lovely fresh red tomatoes instead of the anaemic Dutch ones people in the UK seemed happy to eat and everything was really fresh and crisp. It was not dressed but oil and vinegar were provided.As well as pizzas there are soups, larger salads suitable as a main course, chicken or lamb grill plates and a small number of pasta dishes. Main courses are priced around £4.
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