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    Castro Bistro: Castro Bistro - Cuban beats

    by MedioLatino Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Castro Bistro is a very lively place with an excellent interior design, lots of air inside and great mood (thanks also to the Cuban music, even if it's not live).

    Food is not authentic Cuban, which is a pitty, but it's well worth sitting in for a snack, a quick drink and some net-surfing, since, besides being a "normal" netcafé it also has a Hotspot.

    Walking by in winter you will find the doors closed (the place is open though!!), but in summer all of them are open, giving a "sitting on the summer street" feeling, even if you are inside :)

    In summer, all these doors are open! :)

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    Paprika Vendeglo: Paprika - Red pepper is good for you :)

    by MedioLatino Written Jul 8, 2005

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    Paprika, a spice which is very characteristic for the hungarian cuisine, and one feared by some...but you really shouldn't be scared, it's nothing like chili, it just gives some extra taste to most of the dishes.

    This restaurant named after our famous spice is a very good example for that! Authentic and not too spicy Hungarian food are sold here in great portions! If you wish to eat local food on a less touristy place with reasonable prices, you just got to go there! :)

    Favorite Dish: We had 3 different stews (chicken, sirloin and veal) with dumplings, and all of them were excellent. Mine was the veal and I can say that it was very good, authentic and well more then enough! :)

    We also had one of the local desserts, the cottage cheese balls: not the best I ever had, but still it was very good and huge!!

    2 of the excellent stews we had
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    Menza Restaurant and Café: Menza - Canteen feeling with excellent quality

    by MedioLatino Written Dec 7, 2004

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    Great atmosphere in this relatively new location on the Liszt Ferenc square, which is famous about it's many restaurants and cafés.

    The interior is retro style, giving the 60's-70's canteen design in a new and a bit minimalist way. Looks just great and the food/service is just excellent.

    They have menu in english (not on the HP though...) and the waiters can also help you out. :)

    Relatively easy wheelchair access with a ramp.

    Favorite Dish: Try the chicken filled in "Langos" or the "Hagymas rostelyos" (pork with baked onions) or anything else not so hungarian looking like this 2...doesn't matter, everything is good! :)

    Menza - interior detail
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    oh my, oh my...: MENZA 5th February, 2005

    by shirez Updated Apr 1, 2005

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    OK, I have been to Menza several times, and all I can say about it that I was always satisfied, with the place, music, food, prices and last but not least the service.

    The place looks like an old fashioned catering back to 60-70'. Plasitc lamps, and old fashioned wallpapers (actually I heard somehow that those are real wallpapers from that time!).
    The music is kinda lounge and chill. Very good.
    Watiers are professional: they pay attention, they are kind, and quite fast - keep in mind the restaurant is almost full even if its morning or evening.

    Favorite Dish: My favourite dish is
    Roasted steak with fried onion (1790 Ft - 7,5€)

    Also have tried Suprising Vanilla Pudding, wich was really really funny! It contained also orange slices and ladyfinger and explosive sugar (the old style that we bought in a sachet before and it explodes on your tonge giving a funny feeling as the bubbles blow). Made us laugh a lot.

    Soups (Goulash, Garlic or Cold Fruit) 490-650 Ft

    Cold Starters (Salads) 790-1290 Ft

    Warm Starters (Roasted Cheese w salad, Lecso) 890-990 Ft

    Sandwiches 750-850 Ft

    Main Dishes (Fish, Chicken, Goose liver, Steak, Pork... ) 990-2290 Ft

    Desserts (Pancake, Pudding, Fruit Salad, Cottage Cheese Dumpling) 490-590 Ft

    Pickles (Cucumber Salad, Tomato Salad, Beet) 290-390 Ft

    The dishes are huge, so probably after a main dish you wont feel like eating a dessert:-)

    It is our favourite restaurant, so if you happen to eat there, there is a chance to meet us!:-)))

    Critique of Budapest Times:
    An established restaurant on the ever-so-popular Ferenc Liszt tér is not really a secret but the Menza Restaurant and Café is still worth recommending. [...] Both international and Hungarian greats make an appearance from penne to the traditional lángos and goose liver. Well worth recommending are the strips of chicken Brassó style for HUF 1,350 whose fresh tomatoes, paprika and onions give it a hearty taste.

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    Balettcipo: Balettcipo - Café in ballet shoes :)

    by MedioLatino Updated Feb 8, 2005

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    Balettcipo (Ballet shoes) is a nice and very lovely little café just a block away from the Opera House.

    It has a nice calm interior with mosaics and other art pieces, and has really good coffee.

    The kitchen is serving salads, sandwiches and other light things, but still is excellent.

    Great place to have a rest during a sightseeing tour or before an opera event! :)

    At my favourite table in Balettcipo :)

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    Hauer Cakeshop: Hauer - history and pastry :)

    by MedioLatino Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The cakeshop on Rakoczi ut was founded in 1890 by Nandor Kazilek. In 1896 the widow of Kazilek married Dezso Hauer, who learned the "art" at Gerbeaud (see my Gerbeaud tip too :).

    The shop became bigger and bigger and famous across Europe.

    After a long period of disputes about the ownership the shop has been rebuilt and reopened just a couple of years ago.

    One thing that didn't changed: it still has excellent cakes! :)

    Favorite Dish: Tiramisu and tha Hauer cake of course

    Cakes in Hauer

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    Noa Café Restaurant: Noa - Everyone for his/her favourite dish :)

    by MedioLatino Updated May 3, 2005

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    A place with great atmosphere, usually good chill music and some great dishes :)

    Rea (shirez) likes the baked mozarella best. I tend to eat this pasta with spinach (even though the chese is very good too...:).

    Favorite Dish: Pasta with spinach, baked mozarella and other treasures :)

    Pasta or Cheese, this is the question :)

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    Trofea Restaurant: Trofea - All you can eat!

    by MedioLatino Written Mar 3, 2005

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    Trofea (trophy) is one of those all you can eat places where you can eat yourself until being sick :)

    It has good food, some soups and lots of meat and garnish, salads, desserts...and the beverages (excluding spirits) are included as well.

    They just opened a subsidiary on the corner of Visegradi and Victor Hugo street in the 13th district (easier to reach then the original one).

    Mon-Thu from 12am till 5pm: 2199 HUF
    Mon-Thu from 5:30pm: 2999 HUF
    Fri-Sun and festive days: 3599 HUF

    Favorite Dish: Onion soup and the nice spicy meats

    Trofea by night

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    I love sushi - internet or phone order: Sushi delivered right to your place!

    by MedioLatino Written Mar 16, 2005

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    I love sushi is a local company , who delivers sushi and other japanese dishes everywhere in Budapest.

    The delivery is not the fastest (about an hour), but it's worth waiting! :)

    If you order by phone, they speak english as well. Minimum order is 1200 HUF (not hard to reach :), delivery price might vary depending of district, in the center there is no fee at all.

    Favorite Dish: All sushis (nigiri, maki) are excellent and they send also soy sauce and wasabi (and of course chopsticks :).

    The misu soup is a must with japanese food, but theirs is not the best in the market...anyway, it's suitable for a delivery item.

    Sushi in my office :)

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    Noa Grill House: Noa Grill - Gyros, Baklava and more

    by MedioLatino Written Mar 17, 2005

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    Noa is a "gyros" place offering an eastern style menu in fast food style. Quality is good, location/decoration is even better.

    Worth to drop by if you just want to have a quick something.

    Favorite Dish: Gyros with lots of "Humusz" and some Baklava

    Noa Grill and french tourists

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    Various: Liszt Ferenc Ter - the season is on! :)

    by MedioLatino Written Mar 25, 2005

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    Liszt Ferenc ter in the past 5-10 years became the most lively square of Budapest, where coffeehouses, restaurants, bars and pubs are ruling the whole surface.

    Going around you can now count about 15 places, but sometimes it's not easy to decide which chair belongs to one or the other, since in the season the square is one big mess of tables and chairs! :)

    Even though in the evening it's not easy to get a place to sit down over there...:)

    Starting won't see them empty for long...

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    Various: Raday street - long line of pubs and coffeehouses

    by MedioLatino Updated Mar 25, 2005

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    Raday street is just like Liszt Ferenc ter, well the "only" thing is that it's not a square but a long street full of coffee- and teahouses, pubs, bars, restaurants, etc...

    In the past decade from a simple street with some restaurants it became a restricted traffic street (on some part only locals and the bus No. 15 can go through) with plenty of places.

    Going through all of them would take up too much time, so better see it for yourself and chose one that seems good to you (some tips coming soon anyway...:)

    Raday street from Kalvin ter

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    Café Incognito: Café Incognito - stylish, but easy and fun

    by MedioLatino Written Sep 27, 2004

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    It's called Café, I said "pub" for the Restaurant theme, but in fact it's a bar! :)

    If you want to spend some time talikng to a friend with easy music (most of the time at least - the place was originally named after the Acid Jazz group Incognito), this might be a good choice.

    They have all kinds of drinks and make nice cocktails as well.

    Open from 12 until 24 every day.

    Favorite Dish: Last time I just had a virgin Mai Tai and it was great :)

    Rea and me reflected in a bowl at the bar

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    Jegbufe: Jegbufe (Ice-buffet) - cakes and continuity

    by MedioLatino Written Oct 26, 2004

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    The Jegbufe was opened by Sandor Flaschner more then 50 years ago and in the rush going on around it, it's almost the only place which gives the feel of continuity. It's just as it was ever. You have to order at the desk, pay at the cashiers and then go back with the receipt to pick up your stuff which at the end you can eat and rink standing in the window watching the life going on outside.

    Jegbufe is a snack-bar, pastry shop, cofeehouse and ice-cream shop in one! And it's in the very heart of the city, offering a view on the traffic going to and coming from the Elisabeth Bridge, and the people changing means of transport on the square.

    Don't go there if you are watching for excellence, this place is for a quick snack and to get the air of the past 50 years.

    Portal of Jegbufe on Ferenciek tere

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    Kurtos Kalacs: Kurtos Kalacs - The loaf with a huge hole :)

    by MedioLatino Written Jun 29, 2005

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    Kurtos Kalacs is another local thing. It's playing in the same league as donuts or sweet loafs, etc...but it's diferent! :)

    They make the pastry part, they roll it on a cylinder and bake it on fire and at the end it can receive a coating: walnut, cinnamon, vanille...:)

    It's just excellent! But you have to get it fresh, don't wast your time with premade and prepacked ones! :)

    Favorite Dish: I like the Kurtos Kalacs with walnut coating the best.

    Kurtos Kalacs in the process of baking...yum :)

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