Vicky Barcelona Budapest

Bring with you a healthy dose of skepticism when you enter Gozsdu Udvar, a tourist-heavy passage lined with endless restaurants and bars inside Budapest's old Jewish Quarter. Most places here aren't known for their delicate dishes or wallet-friendly prices, but Vicky Barcelona, a lively, atmospheric tapas bar, can be worth a visit. This dinner-only restaurant occupies a dimly-lit, elongated space flanked by small tables and red velvet drapes on one side, and a mosaic-patterned bar counter on the other.

The tapas aren't earth-shattering, but I enjoyed the croquetas de jamon (€5), the revuelto (scrambled eggs with sausage, goat cheese, and apple; €6), and the carrilleras de cerdo Ibérico (Iberian pork cheek; €7). Service is normally quick and professional, although, annoyingly, they can rush patrons through their meal. Pricey cocktails (€8) and Spanish wines are available to help lift the mood.

In classic Spanish style, it's at night-time when Vicky Barcelona springs to life: there's Spanish live music on weekdays from 8 p.m., and on weekend nights the space transforms into a club with a DJ spinning dance music until the wee hours. Reservations are a must.

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