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The Gay Hussar
The Gay Hussar

The Gay Hussar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gayhussar.co.uk/index.asp
  • Phone: 0207 437 0973
  • Hours of Operation: Mon - Sat: 12:30pm - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 10:45pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Hungarian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Gluten-free Menu, Private Room

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A word from The Gay Hussar
The Gay Hussar can be said, without a shadow of a doubt, to be one of London’s most famous restaurants. A long time haunt of top politicos and media types – well, it is in the centre of swinging Soho after all – this fine restaurant has been flying the Hungarian flag over the English capital for more than fifty years now. Cosy and comfortable but certainly not without elegance, The Gay Hussar’s dining room is anything but generic with higgledy piggledy rows of books lining the room and endless caricatures of notorious public figures fuelling thousands of conversations. An interesting range of authentic Hungarian dishes and matching Hungarian wines complete this unusual experience. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I have meant to try the Gay Hussar for some years. The dining room is small but not too cosy. It is decorated with the famous set of cartoons of famous politicians and political writers, which can make it a bit of a tourist trap - several tables decided to take photos of the cartoons as they left, ignoring us as we dined beneath their smartphones. The food is Hungarian and I found it nothing special, although the herring as a starter was good quality if drowned in oil. The veal goulash was highly spiced with paprika, which was good, but the potatoes seemed to be rather overdone. The wine was good - very robust. Presentation was not one of their strong points. An interesting venue but I wouldn't go there especially for the food."
    dined on 26/08/2014
  • "This was not our first trip to this restaurant, and will certainly not be our last The food is absolutely delicious and with the 50% offer is extremely good value. Make sure you save room for the sweet cheese pancakes on the dessert menu! An extra waiter meant service was much quicker than on previous visits which was fortunate as we were going to the theatre and it was very busy for early on a Monday evening. Can't wait for the next trip!"
    dined on 11/08/2014
  • "This was my second visit and first time for my husband. I enjoyed the food again and my husband was equally happy with food,service & surroundings."
    dined on 09/08/2014
  • "A good deal with the 50% offer. Portion sizes are substantial. A pity the fish dumpling starter was under seasoned. The starter of the Hungarian sausage could have been better presented. The mains of pork medallion in paprika was excellent. Service is quick but a smiling friendly face would go a long way!"
    dined on 06/08/2014
  • "Well worth a visit of this Soho institution - goulash was amazing."
    dined on 04/08/2014
  • "Dumpling dishes are a must-have at the Gay Hussar - they are always executed well. Food is hearty, flavoursome and comes in generous portions - and the 50% deal keeps me returning (although not too often as the menu doesn't change and is limited for vegetarians, meaning that we seem to have the same thing every time). The interior is distinctive and there's a pleasant sense of the unchanging here; it's always a good option for a Soho dinner."
    dined on 31/07/2014
  • "Visited GH for the second time in a month. This time as a group, we were given the private dining room as were a party of 8 as requested. Overall it made for a relaxing and enjoyable evening. The service is attentive without being overwhelming, the food is honest and wholesome. The only remark is that going with a party of more than 6 you will not be able to book the 50% off deal- which would have ticked all the boxes."
    dined on 30/07/2014
  • "Reaosnable value on the offer but would be very over-priced without. At the Gay Hussar it is very much more about the experience rather than the quality of food which is average at best."
    dined on 30/07/2014
  • "Ive been coming here for years..... The menu seldom changes but is extensive enough never to get bored...."
    dined on 29/07/2014
  • "The food was excellent, especially the Hungarian hors d'oeuvres. The service also cannot be faulted. The only thing I had an issue with was the wine. We had a red and a white from the menu, and not the cheapest, about £30 per bottle. I thought it was extremely poor quality. If I go again, I shall stick the bottled bear,"
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "wanted to try the gay hussar for a while. food was pretty good if not a little basic and not presented very well. like the ambience here. the manager was very accommodating and smiley and allowed us in last minute on open table but restaurant was busy and he asked us to come back in 30 mins which we were fine with. the staff (girl and a guy), whilst proficient were neither friendly or smiling and we did not take to either of them at all. suggest employ staff who enjoy what they are doing. wouldn't be in a big hurry to go back."
    dined on 22/07/2014
  • "Great restaurant, very genuine Hungarian food, good portions."
    dined on 22/07/2014
  • "Lovely, cosy little restaurant conveniently located on Soho square. Food was excellent, and with the 50% off food deal we got amazing value for money. Definitely worth it with a discount, probably worth it without. We were sat at the very back table and could hear the staff bickering with each other which raised an eyebrow, but in the restaurant the atmosphere was relaxed and warm."
    dined on 22/07/2014
  • "Great atmosphere- surely the only place in London like it? Tip- go hungry! The portions are massive and very filling. The august gentlemen (and the odd lady) adorning the walls look pretty well-fed and satisfied. What is it about the ruling elite and nursery food? It must be tough at the top, so the food has to be very comforting indeed. Had a brilliant time- will definitely go again."
    dined on 18/07/2014
  • "The Gay Hussar is loaded with character and makes for a special evening for those who appreciate it. I'm not au fait with Hungarian food, but I would say that it was OK. The discount made it good value. Wine and service were fine. Soho is an exciting place in which to dine."
    dined on 15/07/2014
  • "First time here and I would be happy to return. Nothing too posh on the menu but good solid food with generous portions. Had the Sausage starter which was very meaty but not as spicy as some 'local/village' versions you get elsewhere. Crispy duck for main was really tasty and two good pieces that were more than you get in many places. Desert of choco-nut pancakes was filling and a fine way to end the meal. Went for the house red which was certainly adequate. Service was friendly throughout. We were there early so fairly quiet but a big group arrived as we were finishing so it go a bit noisier. Overall an enjoyable experience as a pre-theatre meal at a reasonable price."
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "Somehow I've never managed to dine at the Gay Hussar before but it's easy to see why it has survived for so many years in such a competitive area. In truth the hearty Hungarian food is probably better suited to Winter but the retaurant provides some unusual choices which are well worth exploring."
    dined on 10/07/2014
  • "I wanted to go to the Gay Hussar for some time and finally did for my birthday. It was wonderful. The food and ambience were great, service was attentive, and the bill did not give me a heart attack. Hungarian cuisine is not an everyday occurrence which made it more special. Would love to go again."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "Second time here, very good service always made to feel welcomed. The food portions are a good size for hungry dinners and the decor distinctive. The cuisine does lean on Central European / Hungarian affair- so some may find the food overly 'meaty' or stodgy. The 50% off food offer makes it a decent value meal."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "We were identified as 'top table offer' and taken upstairs and were the only table for the next hour. We were quickly seated in the room upstairs. There were strange noises from the kitchenette on the first floor - our waiter having his dinner. It took a long while before he came over to take our order. The bread was shop bought sliced bread! One starter Debreceni Kolbász left a lot to be desired for. The mains took an age to arrive. Mine, Csirkepaprikás Galuskával was disastrous. It was lukewarm, tasteless and the dumplings weren't even cooked. Husband's Borjúpörkölt Galuskával was similar. I just didn't want to be there anymore. We paid for starter and drinks and left. But the waiter and maitre'd handled our exit professionally."
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "If you're looking for something a little different in the food line I can recommend the Gay Hussar. The staff are more than happy to offer suggestions and explain the dishes on offer. It's not Haute Cuisine but hearty and full of flavour cooking. I recommend the Sausage with Paprika and horseradish starter. Followed by Pork Stuffed Cabbage with Sauerkraut. IF, you're still hungry you're spoilt for choice with deserts! Excellent value for money."
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "So my wife is Hungarian. Let's be clear about one thing, the Goulash at work doesn't cut it. It is nice to find a place in town that has great Hungarian food, as it saves us having to fly out to Hungary for the weekend. You want Kolbasz? They have it. You want some sort of venison pasta mix that I can't pronounce without reading it off the menu? They have it. I had the pork medallions with onions, potatoes and peppers. Delicious. So flavorful. So fabulous. After the appetizers and mains we went with dessert. Unfortunately they were out of batter for the palacsinta by that late hour, but I had some cake and my wife had a poppyseed retes something or other... It was tasty."
    dined on 24/06/2014
  • "On a summer's day it was a shame to come out of the sunshine and into quite a dark restaurant. I soon forgot, however, and enjoyed our evening, especially due to the 50% a la carte. The staff were very friendly and helpful and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to try something different from the usual London fare."
    dined on 20/06/2014
  • "Had an enjoyable meal. Thought the food was very homely and really yum. All tasted home made. Look forward to going back and trying some more meals that caught my eye on the menu."
    dined on 19/06/2014
  • "I took a friend here, who I've wanted to bring for ages. As usual the restaurant didnt disappoint. In fact if anything there was too much food; i couldnt finish the mince-stuffed cabbage rolls, delicious though they were! Love the ambience here, staff are friendly and its still a personal fave of mine."
    dined on 17/06/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the food here and it was just like proper Hungarian cooking. The restaurant is charming inside and has been host to numerous important figures over the years giving it a real air of dignity."
    dined on 17/06/2014
  • "Really enjoyed eating here. The menu had plenty of choices and the food was all of good quality. I would say that it was made even better by the 50% off food offer that you can get during the week."
    dined on 12/06/2014
  • "Not our first visit, nor will it be our last. The food was excellent and with the 50% off offer, it was great value. We can recommend both the Brassói Érmék and the sweet cheese pancakes. Service was friendly but a bit slow, so if you are planning to dine there before going to the theatre, leave yourselves plenty of time!"
    dined on 12/06/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 course lunch seated in a comfortable table in the window; Hungarian sausage full of flavour, stuffed chicken pancake, followed by a casserole of venison with pasta and vegetables. Poppyseed strudel for one and berry pudding rounded off the food and we drank a bottle of the excellent housewine; Hungarian, needless to say. Portions are on the generous side and we did not need to eat for the rest of the day but we could have limited the number of courses or chosen lighter dishes. Vegetarian options available. Using the 50% off food made it especially good value. We'll be visiting again!"
    dined on 12/06/2014
  • "Had a pre-theatre dinner here. The food was all very simple and not all too amazing. On the other hand, my fiance and mother who arrived earlier had a nice chat with the staff, got extra bread for free and were well treated in general :)."
    dined on 10/06/2014
  • "Visit if you want cosy convivial dining with an out of the ordinary menu. I wouldn't class the food as exceptional but there is the chance to try dishes that you won't find elsewhere. Portions are generous. Service was friendly and efficient. The house red was very acceptable - and drinkable. The chestnut puree and whipped cream dessert was probably the richest pudding that I have had (only eclipsed by cream and jam in Moscow). The 50% discount on food offer from Open Table makes this exceptional value and I would certainly dine there again."
    dined on 10/06/2014
  • "A really wonderful, atmospheric restaurant. The Gay Hussar has a wonderful old-world ambience; the walls are lined with framed cartoon-sketches of (most-notably) politicians, the tables are decked with white linen, and the waiting staff are very friendly. I went with a couple of friends for dinner, on a 50% off all food deal. The food was really good, well-presented, and very tasty. I had a veal goulash, which was delicious. I would recommend this place to anyone."
    dined on 04/06/2014
  • "always a good standard at the gay hussar every day of the week"
    dined on 02/06/2014
  • "Restaurant located close to our residence. Unique menu, authentic Hungarian offerings, tasty and well seasoned. Desserts excellent in choice and taste. Efficient food service and pleasant physical environment ."
    dined on 31/05/2014
  • "The starters were excellent, and what a shame about mains. Any food which is not soaked in goulash-style sauce is totally overcooked, in fact, it tasted like last night's leftovers reheadted and consequently overcooked and dry. Service was somewhat very confused and almost neglective until the manager took charge confidently and professionally. If there will ever be next time, I will stick to tapas of starters with some good Hungarian wine."
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "The food was good and authentic. Very interesting decor of cartoons. It is errr cosy. The service was good."
    dined on 29/05/2014
  • "The food and atmosphere at this restuarant were perfect for our pre-theatre dinner date. The service was great, although it did take a while to receive our bill at the end, which considering we were off to the theatre, was a bit of an issue. "
    dined on 28/05/2014
  • "The menu had a great selection and the restaurant staff were more than happy to assist with translations and descriptions of some of the local Hungarian dishes on offer. I had the asparagus salad and my friend had the pate which were delicious - nothing left on the plate! For mains, we both went for the veal goulash. There was the perfect balance between goulash, veg and gnocchi style potato and all was cooked and presented well. I would definately go back here with friends or with my partner for relaxed, tasty and great value dining with the Open Table offer available. Thankyou Gay Hussar - I'll be back!"
    dined on 27/05/2014
  • "I'd been here before a few years ago. This time we couldn't sit upstairs (not ready), the service was lacklustre & patchy (felt a bit neglected to be honest) and my vegetarian goulash was horrible. We went for a special occasion. I knew my husband would love the political cartoons but the overall experience was one of disappointment. It's really gone downhill. A shame as it used to be a interesting & vibrant with fabulous food."
    dined on 27/05/2014
  • "Read reviews before booking and knew tables were very close to each other but was still a suprise ! Beware when table next to you arrives or leaves, lift your glass or plate as their clothing may end up in your food Good for someone who has loads of time to spare. Waited 25 minutes for starter and one hour between starter and main course. Had 50% off food offer, as other reviewers perhaps this may have been the reason for the delay in service. 3 of us had duck as main ,it was too dry and everything seemed all piled up on the plate , would have enjoyed larger plate( table size permitting ) I would not return "
    dined on 21/05/2014