Type of Food: Hungarian meals and pastries
Location: 836 Elm St; Manchester, NH 03101
Date Visited: Sept. 29, 2010
Food: Lala’s Hungarian Restaurant serves excellent Hungarian meals along with a large variety of unusual and delicious pastries. I ordered the viennese schnitzel, which was served with rice pilaf, carrots, peas, potatoes, and waxed beans. The pork was very good, and the vegetables were particularly well-seasoned. My husband ordered the zucchini and meatballs, an unusual dish including shredded zucchini in cream sauce (think along the lines of creamed spinach) and very flavorful meatballs, served with carrots, potatoes, and beets. Everything was tasty, and portion sizes were generous.
As far as desserts go, we tried two unusual pastries, along with the homemade ice cream. The poppy roll consisted of pastry rolled around a filling chock full of poppy seeds. The dobos torte was a layered cake made of 8 layers of almond-flavored sponge cake, filled with chocolate buttercream and topped with caramelized sugar. The crunchy caramel top was surprising but a neat addition. Perhaps best of all, Lala’s makes their own ice cream, and the chocolate was especially tasty. My toddler requested it, so we ordered some for him, but my husband and I kept sneaking bites from him because it was so rich and tasty.
Atmosphere: When you walk in, the first thing to catch your eye are the two pastry cases loaded with lots of beautiful pastries. Lala’s may appear to be just a small pastry shop on first glance, but this local restaurant also serves a full menu of authentic Hungarian cuisine. When you step off into the restaurant area to the right of the pastry cases, you’ll notice the walls are decorated with embroidered Hungarian clothing and other hand-crafted items. When we sat down to eat, the music changed from eighties music to Hungarian folk music. The waitstaff were very friendly, and their service was excellent.
Kid Friendliness: The staff at Lala’s welcomed our little ones. They even had a bead maze toy for our older son to play with. Our toddler liked the flavorful, yet straightforward food. He especially liked the homemade chocolate ice cream for dessert.