Saturday, February 16, 2008

18. Hungary: Country Style Restaurant

Country Style Hungarian Restaurant
450 Bloor Street West
(just east of Bathurst)
416 536 5966

Cash only - no credit cards or Interac.

In the heart of Toronto's Annex neighbourhood, the Country Style has been serving huge portions of traditional Hungarian dishes for over 43 years. At one time there were 5 or 6 Hungarian restaurants on this stretch of Bloor Street West, but now only the Country Style remains.
The wiser members of our group ordered from the appetizer section of the menu and were not over-faced by massive portions: cabbage roll with potatoes on the side $ 7.95; perogies and sausage, topped with heaps of fried onions $8.95; and a large bowl of chicken noodle soup for $4.95. The main courses came with a choice of coleslaw, beets, cucumber or lettuce salad to start and either rice, dumplings, home fries or mashed potatoes on the side. The chicken paprikash was deemed bland and the veggie offerings - breaded mushrooms or cheese - were distictly lacking in veggies (even a few carrots on the plate would have been nice).
The dining room is surprisingly light and clean with traditional art work on the walls. Most of the other diners were speaking Hungarian to the team of friendly and helpful waitresses who kept up a brisk pace.
We ask for suggestions when choosing dessert and are not disappointed with the chestnut puree [pictured here] $6.95 and chocolate filled crepe, $3.00. We linger, chatting over coffee and are not hurried out of the restaurant even though they are fairly busy.

Rating: Ambiance (3)
Service (3)
Food Presentation (2)
Food Quality (2)
Value for Money (2)

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