It was nothing of the kind. When we visited Budapest five years ago our dinners there were highlights of our stay. Superb chandeliers, tastefully decorated, nicely carpeted, plenty of space; waited on hand and foot by four attentive gentlemen; a seven- piece 'orchestra' in the corner. To us this was near-opulence, and for a three-course meal of interesting food (I had sturgeon) plus a bottle of wine and tip, the grand non-capitalist price was pounds 10.
A J Severs