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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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    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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    Cafe KoR: Cafe Kor - just excellent!

    by MedioLatino Written Jun 2, 2005

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    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 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.

    View on the crowd from the gallery

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    Kaltenberg Bajor Kiralyi Etterem: Kaltenberg - Beer and lots of food :)

    by MedioLatino Written Jun 6, 2005

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    Kaltenberg (Kaltenberg Bavarian Royal Restaurant) has it all, you can try Hungarian and Bavarian dishes as well, but if you stick to your simple greek salad or something vegetarian, you won't be left starving either.

    However, their speciality is the heavy food, meat with some more meat, pasta, sour cream, etc...:)

    There is also live folk music most of the time and on Saturdays and Sundays they have a 50% discount on the a la carte dishes on the menu card during their whole opening time! :)

    Favorite Dish: Red wine beef stew with egg barley

    The entrance of Kaltenberg on Kinizsi street

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    Nagyi Palacsintazoja - Granny's Pancake Restaurant: Granny's pancake is the best :)

    by MedioLatino Written Jun 14, 2005

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    Nagyi palacsintazoja (Granny's pancakery) started in a small panckae restaurant near Moszkva square (in front of the Shell gas station on Szena square - Hattyu street 16). The original restaurant still exist but now Granny has more pancake restaurants in the city.

    The best is the one on Batthianyi ter. If you happen to go there in good weather and can sit outside, you will have a nice view on the Castle and on the Parliament at the same time.

    There are sweet and salty pancakes as well, you just have to mix them right :)

    Favorite Dish: My favourite is the "Ocsi menu" (young brother menu) which consist of 2 salty (champignon and cheese) and 2 sweet (chocolate) pancakes and a soda :)

    Nagyi - The table on the right is the best :)

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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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    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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    Sir Lancelot Lovagi Etterem - Medieval restaurant: Lancelot - Beware of the huge portions! :)

    by MedioLatino Written Mar 12, 2005

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    The food in Lancelot is just excellent and the portions are huge! Tanja (VT-er soncnica) can't believe it either: this is a plate for 4! :)

    The 7 girls were strugling with it for an hour or so and they still had a nice big doggy-bag when leaving :)

    And there is also shows of dancers, medieval fighters, etc, so you don't get bored eating :)

    Favorite Dish: Anything will do...lamb, game....just bame it and they have it and season it just right! :)

    If you still have room, try "Makos Rogok", which is the famous hungarian sweet "Makos guba": crescent put in milk with poppy seeds and then baked for some time...delicious :)

    Tanja taking a pic - will it fit in the frame? :)

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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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    Karma Cafe & Restaurant: Karma on Liszt Ferenc square

    by MedioLatino Written Mar 21, 2005

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    Karma offers good international/asian food and tasty cocktails as well.

    It's good for a family gathering, but it's best for a meeting for 2, just be sure to reserve your table/seats in the upper back section :)

    Karma's dark dating corner :)

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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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