I’m afraid of lots of things in life: heights, small spaces, spiders… The list goes on and on. And it’s been a struggle to try to overcome those fears. Loads of people tell me the wonders of roller coasters or how rock-climbing is so much fun, but my heart beats faster at the mere thought of embarking on such activities. While in Budapest, my friends convinced me to try spelunking because Budapest is known to have gorgeous, deep underground caravans. I agreed under peer pressure, but I’m glad they made me do it. We struggled to fit through all those narrow spaces, were all sore and bruised, and had clay in our hair for days; however, we still love talking about how we managed to pull it off and come out laughing rather than crying. Bonnie was the restaurant that we visited after we had just successfully completed our spelunking adventure.
The restaurant’s décor is inspired by the infamous crooks Bonnie and Clyde, and the walls are covered in comics involving the robbers pulling a heist.
The menu, though, wasn’t as inspired by Bonnie and Clyde, and unfortunately the food didn’t receive positive reviews from the group. It wasn’t exactly the recharging meal we needed after a long day of physically-intense crawling and climbing. Someone ordered Clyde’s hamburger (1890 HUF). It was a standard burger with Thousand Island dressing and a large golden toasted bun. There was nothing really unique about the burger but at least it was cooked properly.
The homemade gnocchi (2490 HUF) had a sage butter sauce, truffle oil, and sirloin pieces. The gnocchi were light and not too dense, but the dish overall was lacking in vegetables. The truffle and sage, both strong flavors, were fighting for the spotlight as well.
The chicken with risotto, porcini, and spinach (1910 HUF) was a bit too salty and also not as creamy as expected. The chicken, though, was cooked moist.
The Mediterranean stuffed chicken with French layered potatoes (1990 HUF) was a confusing dish. The chicken was stuffed with some sort of olive paste, and the chicken itself was on the drier side. The potatoes were mixed with egg and cheese, creating a mass that was more reminiscent of breakfast fare and thus didn’t pair well with the chicken. I left most of the potatoes untouched.
Bonnie has a unique concept and modern feel, but the restaurant ultimately fell flat on execution. We spent a while admiring the décor and cool spiral staircase, but the food made us disappointed. It’s a chill place to eat, but if you’re looking for a standout meal in Budapest then I would look elsewhere.
Ferenciek Tere 5
Budapest 1053, Hungary