Cafe Kor is highly touted on VT, in tour books, and in advertisment booklets as the best bistro dining in Budapest, and it is indeed very good. Small and crowded, the arched ceiling, crowded tables, hustle and bustle, and specials on a handwritten blackboard typify the scene. The walls are a light orange with wood trim, understated and appropriate. Nice bar. Despite all the publicity, on our visit, the clientele seemed predominantly local trade. Service was friendly and effective - even without a reservation a table was made available cheerfully. But we were probably lucky - you should reserve in advance, as this place was crowded even when we left.
Perhaps all the hype raised our expectations to an unreasonable level - our food was very good but not really great. We shared an unmemorable salad and for entrees ordered a chicken dish in sesame seeds with fruit ( a specialty) and a duck breast preparation with a light fruit sauce (not heavy and cloying). The menu is predominantly Hungarian with a few eclectic twists. Other specialties include foie gras, steaks, preparations of uncooked meats.
Sas Utca is lined with a number of high quality and expensive restaurants, but this is arguably the best. The food is Hungarian but with an international, kinda French, twist. But it's not soaked in pork fat like a lot of the other Hungarian places popular with tourists and locals. The taste here is more refined, although the food is still distinctly meat based. You won't even find a solitary bean in the beef goulash.
The food is great, the service excellent, and the wine list is phenomenal. It is a little pricey, but the ambience is comfortable quality, not painfully chic or bourgeois. You don't need to dress up to enjoy food here. The place is a little cramped, and it can get a bit too cosy on busy evenings. You won't be able to avoid your neighbour's conversations, and some of the two seater tables are so close they could be four seaters.
Reservations are essential in the evenings, but don't worry the staff speak excellent English.
Open Monday to Saturday, from 10 am to 10 pm.
Kőr means RING in English
Very centrally located and the service is very good.
The waiters have been taught well and make you
feel welcome and that your visit will leave a lasting
impression. More expensive than most places but
when you want to splash out and get spoiled, then
this is a good place. I advise to book in advance as
it is very popular and appears in many guide books.
Book a table outside if the weather is nice.
there are only 3 so book at least 2 days before.
The wines are great, waiters great, food is a sort of
mix of Hungarian local cuisine and Meditteranian fusion.
I will have look at the menu and write down what I had...
But I promise it was succulent, yummy, scrumptious, delicious
This restaurant was packed when we went, but we got the last table. It was a little table up on the second floor and the only seating up there! It was fun to "look down" on everyone, but was quite warm.
The food was wonderful...I had a goat cheese salad and some good white wine. MedioLatino had an awesome chicken peach thing that was really good.
Café Kor (actually it's Kör - for those who have hungarian accents...the word meand circle) is one of the best restaurants amongst the ones I had the chance to visit so far here in Budapest (and that's quite a few, since I live here :).
It's called a Café, but actually it's a restaurant with a very creative menu and with excellent dishes! I had a chicken with caramelized peach and sesame seeds...it was just excellent! VT-er kadybay had a salad with grilled "Gomolya" cheese, that was also very good.
Prices are just a bit higher then average (main dishes from 1500 to around 4000), but it's worth a visit whenever you need some culinary speciality :)
They also have good wines even though these are quite pricy here.
The place is very popular (no wonder...), so it's a good idea to reserve your table, so you don't have to sit on the gallery, where you will find only 1 table for 2 and the climate is a bit too hot :)
Favorite Dish: Chicked breast with caramelized peach and sesame seeds.
Cafe KoR, modern style with really interesting food choices, traditional and totally new. We had our new year's eve afternoon 'dinner' in order to avoid crowded restaurant during the night. Great place !
Stylish and trendy.
Favorite Dish: Goulasch !