Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Country Style Hungarian Restaurant

When my friend Richard told me he wanted to have dinner at Country Style, I thought he wanted coffee and donuts for dinner. For real? Little did I know, Country Style is a Hungarian restaurant on Bloor Street West in the Annex. Once I found out that this particular Country Style does not serve donuts but rather Hungarian cuisine, I was really excited since I have never had Hungarian food before (maybe I have come across it in one way or another but for sure not in a Hungarian restaurant). Before we went, Richard also told me about the "meat platter" there. That got me very intrigued.

Country Style has a diner style decor with red and white checkered tablecloth, vinyl chairs, and wood paneling. Nothing fancy for sure but still very comfortable.

I usually don't post such big pictures of menus but since Country Style doesn't have a website, here it is.

The 5 of us - Richard, Robin, Mack, Diana and I - slowly nibbled on the bread as we chatted.

Cherry Soup ($4.75) - This was not on the menu but somehow Richard knew to order this =) The soup was served slightly chilled but not cold. Very refreshing for a hot summer's day. 

Breaded Cheese ($9.95)

This was so tasty. Thinly breaded triangular blocks of cheese were deep fried. The breaded layer was hot and crispy and the cheese was perfectly melted. I think I could eat a whole plate of these. It came with a dip that tasted like ranch dressing.

Perogies with Debrecani Sausage ($10.95)

The perogies with fried onions and sour cream were also great. They were served hot and so soft and pillow-y. The debrecani sausage was heavily spiced with seasoning. I thought it was okay as I prefer sausages that are softer and juicier.

Cabbage Rolls in Sauerkraut and Sour Cream - Stuffed with pork and rice inside, I thought the cabbage rolls were good but the pork tasted a bit bland to me. 

Country Style Wooden Plate - A special combination of Cabbage Roll, Weiner Schnitzel, Parisian Schnitzel, Fried Sausage, Beets, Rice & Home Fried Potatoes ($63.95)

This epic wooden plate was surely an attention grabber, very "carnivorous" looking with the steak knives anchored all around. With a squeeze of lemon, I thoroughly enjoyed Country Style's schnitzel. The golden coloured bread crumb crust was thin and very crispy, and the boneless veal beneath it was moist and tender. 

We did not order dessert at Country Style. Too bad, I would have wanted to try their walnut and apricot crepes. 

We were all extremely satisfied with Country Style as it serves no frills eastern European food with friendly service and good value. I can't say if it's authentic or not but I personally thought the food tasted very good. Thanks Richard and Robin for organizing! Had a great time with you guys along with Mack and Diana.

Any Hungarians tried Country Style? If so, please let me know what you think! =)

Note: Country Style accepts cash only.

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