The first stop of our #ClujX adventure was in Pecs, a twinned city of our beloved Cluj-Napoca. Here we had the chance to meet some wonderful people, who took the time to walk us through the city and present to us the ECOC candidacy of Pecs: what have they done, which things do they solve and what kind of challenges they faced. Between two objectives, I managed to squeeze in the question: Where can we have something traditional Hungarian food?
Simon Wintermans, a fantastic guy, who accompanied us at our city walk (and who is planning to have a 800 km long bicycle tour between Mons and Plzen with his 4 year old son), recommended us a place called Istvan Pince, a restaurant where the locals like to eat as well.
It is not the typical tourist place, on the contrary, it is a restaurant that not necessarily attracts the tourists. The place has had the same name for more than 100 years, and at first sight, it doesn’t look attractive or special. It looks shabby from the outside, but once you enter, hospitality and friendliness welcomes you. The food is served by the owner itself, which creates a familiar atmosphere. The personnel work for over 15 years at the restaurant.
Let me tell you , that this wasn’t the first time I ate goulash , a had some really good goulashes along the years, I even tasted the goulash prepared by Adi Hadean ( that I recommended), but I’m telling you, this goulash was definitely the best I have ever tasted. Not to even mention that it was really cheap (for three portions we paid 2900 HUF, the vine and the desert was on the house).
By the way, the vine from this region is of good quality. Until now I had tasted two kinds of dry red vine.
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