This last 2 weeks have been hot! Blistering hot is more like it. Budapest has a number of micro-climates, but ours had been tipping the thermometer between 95F-103F. Sure, there are many places in the US where it gets just as hot, but they generally have AIR CONDITIONING.
On one of the hottest nights, Ron suggested we dine out since I need to review restaurants for my Frommer’s assignment anyway. He went through my list calling places to see who had A/C and who didn’t. This is like Santa’s good or naughty list come summer time. He discovered a Thai restaurant, Parázs Prezzó that I had wanted to try. Jackpot! They have A/C. Reservations were made for 7pm and we were there on the dot waiting to be cooled and fed. For once we did not care how efficient the service was, the longer they took, the more air conditioning we could absorb into our pores. If we could only do a slow release of the coolness, like a time release vitamin capsule, it would be perfect.
When we arrived the place was jammed, but three tables had reserved signs on them. The woman behind the bar said “Sit anywhere!” even before we said we had reserved our space. Once we adopted our table the two waiters went into a confab, while shooting looks in our direction. They were too far away speak to, but I could have written a note on the napkin “We did have a reservation!” to hold in the air. Interestingly, not one worker who was visible was of Asian heritage. Yes, we all know that Hungarians originally came from somewhere in Mongolia, but those facial traits have long since evaporated through cross-breeding with other Europeans.
Once I relaxed and realized we were not going to be evicted from our feeding ground, it dawned on me the air temperature was barely cooler than outside. Perhaps the air was on, but with some many hot bodies, it really wasn’t cool. Neither was the food, it was hot and my carrot salad was spicy hot. Incredibly good! This restaurant gets two thumbs up.