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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The food here was absolutely delicious and the service was very friendly. We went for a pre theatre meal and probably should have mentioned this. My only negative comment being that the service was a little slow. Two courses and coffee took about an hour and forty minutes. However if we hadn't been going to the theatre this would have been fine. it wasn't difficult to get the waiters attention, the service was just unhurried. There was a good selection of courses available and a separate gluten free menu which was very helpful. With the 50% off through Open table the meal was very good value. At full price I think it would be pricey, but it was delicious. I would happily visit this restaurant again."
    dined on 21/05/2014
  • "We booked the Gay Hussar on a Tuesday night. It began quietly but was soon bustling. The room is filled with talking points from the political caricatures on the walls to the topical magazines beside us. Luckily we had the semi-private table behind the door otherwise we would have been seated in the tightly packed main dining area. To start I had the fish parcels in dill sauce. Perfect. Light and flavoursome and hot! I have a problem with warm food! My partner was very happy with his chicken pancake. My main was the stuffed cabbage. Which again was hot and tasty and very large but I couldn't bare to leave any food on my plate! Lovely, lovely food in interesting, comfortable surrounding and the 50% opentable deal. What more could I ask?!"
    dined on 20/05/2014
  • "First time here - fantastic food. The pork belly was especially wonderful. I'll be coming back."
    dined on 16/05/2014
  • "Delightful venue, with top quality food and the perfect level of service i.e. always close by to order food and drink from, but never hovering. "
    dined on 15/05/2014
  • "I've eaten quite a few times at this very long-standing London restaurant, and it's always been good. Went this time on an opentable offer. The food was of the same type and quality I remember, very satisfactory. A cold cherry soup as a starter was unusual and good (sweetish, maybe better as a dessert?). I'm not usually a fan of dessert wines, but like the glass of 5 puttonyos dessert wine here. A short review; everything was good, and I think that different choices would also have been. Service was attentive and not intrusive."
    dined on 14/05/2014
  • "We went there for 50% offer and Venison stew and fish dumpling as main and chest nuts paste and layered cake. Stew was interesting and fish dumpling was also good. The cake was mediocre but chest nut paste was nice. Service was swift. We enjoyed traditional Hungarian food and homey atmosphere."
    dined on 13/05/2014
  • "It had been 18 months or so since my last visit- a 50%-off food offer enticed me back. Glad i went! As ever the restaurant has a super atmosphere and a unique character. This time I had fish dumplings with rice to start; small quenelles of creamy fish, very good. Next was goose breast on a crispy potato basket filled with a cassoulet-type concoction, with cranberry sauce and a relish. Then delicious cheese pancakes for dessert...all washed down with a fresh, dry Tokaji. Really pleased to have come back, will make sure its not 18mths til the next visit!"
    dined on 07/05/2014
  • "We had a very enjoyable evening at the Gay Hussar recently. All members of our party enjoyed their choice of dishes from the fairly extensive menu, particularly the fish starters. The staff were very friendly and accommodating and looked after us very well. I'd recommend it wholeheartedly and hope its future is secure."
    dined on 06/05/2014
  • "The food was good although quite expensive for what it was (I had a dish of potatoes with fried pork), although I think this is more a reflection of the cuisine rather than the quality of cooking. Slightly eerie atmosphere when not very busy."
    dined on 01/05/2014
  • "it is extremely cosy in here i visited last week before the cinema on opentable offer marvellous value, the service and food was super. we throughly enjoyed the experience we both had the same hungarian hors d ouevres to share and the duck livers to follow this was divine fab sauce and paprika potatoes. will definately return"
    dined on 30/04/2014
  • "wonderful in every way...great tasting, generous portions. Amazing chilled cherry soup. Helpful and friendly staff. A must for Londoners and tourists."
    dined on 29/04/2014
  • "The food was very nice, especially the chicken pancake for starter. Sadly the service wasn't really great including the lady who was "the host". It was really hard to get a smile from anyone but we made it at the end. We will come back but for the food and not the service."
    dined on 15/04/2014