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Other restaurants: Picnic lunch in Old Town
We found a grocery store on the corner just across the street from the park next to Fisherman's Bastion. The grocery store had a deli counter. We were able to get a sandwhich, chips and soft drinks very inexpensively. The park across the street has picnic tables hidden in the very back. We found the picnic area to be a nice break from the tourist crowds.
Birdland: Continuing The Jazz Theme Vol MMV
This is a stylish ,jazz-themed, cafe and restaurant with a terrace towards the end of Liszt Ferenc ter. Unfortunately on the evening I was there it was (to be polite) not very nice weather and the place wasn't particularly busy. However having passed it a couple of evenings later on a pleasant sunny evening with the terrace busy, as were all its neighbours, there was a really good buzz around the whole precinct.
The service was excellent and the young waiter who was doing his best to entreat the few bedraggled passersby to come in was very personable and spoke pretty good English.
Favorite Dish: As to the food, it was OK.
I had the goulash soup, followed by braised goose leg with cabbage and mashed potatoes. It was perfectly servicable, even if nothing particular to write home about. Washed down with a very good bottle of Villany Portuguiser the bill came to less than I would expect to pay for a bottle of house wine back home and so I am not grumbling.
But as I said the service was friendly and the decor well done.
Pizza Marzano: Great Italian food
This good restaurant locate in Batthány tér, offer great Italian food. Great modern, elegantly furnished atmosphere with very friendly staff!!! Great food: you can choose to eat pizza or Italian pasta.
Favorite Dish: The cheerful restaurants with identical menus offer traditional Italian pizzas, pasta dishes and special salads.
But if you prefer a leisurely meal of several courses, start with one of the soups of the day and follow it up with Caprese salad, prepared with sun dried tomatoes, mozzarella and black olives served with freshly baked bread rolls and garlic butter. The menu features an almost full selection of Italian pastas from spaghetti through penne and cannelloni to lasagna. The selection includes the various sauces familiar from trattorias and pizzerias: al pesto, frutti di mare, or the less known boscaiola, a creamy mushroom sauce with bacon, spring onions, parsley and Parmesan. The speciality of the House is Pizza Marzano. Hungarian and Italian wines complete your gastronomic trip to Italy.
Menza: A nice restaurant in Liszt Ferenc ter
Menza restaurant is locate in Litszt Ferenc ter. It has got a friendly atmosphere. It is in a very nice square. You can sit outside (very nice in summer) or inside. The dishes are good. Here you can find good drinks!!!
Favorite Dish: A Great dish is "chicken strips with potatos".
Noa Grill: Near Nyugati Station, Beautiful Food
This restaurant is on the corner diagonal from Nyugati Train Station. Food is beautifully presented with radish flowers and the like. Reasonably priced, gigantic portions. I had a mozzarella salad and could have easily been satisfied with a half portion. Cool lounge type seating upstairs. Open till 5am on weekends.
Other restaurants: Absinthe Restaurant
Absinthe was a lovely little restaurant, very busy and served great food for both vegetarians and meat eaters alike. THe service was very professional and friendly and I would definately eat there again.
I can't get over how good the food is in Budapest, but also how cheap it is!
Favorite Dish: THe chocolate souffle is to die for...make sure they cook it when you order it, it takes about 25 minutes but it is DEFINATELY worth it!!!
I also heard the wild boar saddle is also well worth a try...
various: Franz List ter
The Franz Liszt ter (sguare) is an isolated area situated in between Andrassy and Kiraly utca. Besides a very beautiful building of The Academy of Music, named after great Franz Liszt, here you can find a number of small cafes and restaurants offering cheap food and drinks.
Favorite Dish: The eggs omlet is very delicious and the service unconventional and very friendly.
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Kalla Style Paprika Chicken with gnocchi
4 chicken breasts
1 tablespoon "red-gold" cream
1 tablespoon gulyás- cream
2 tablespoon plus 1/4 cup vegetable oil
400 g chicken, bones and necks
150 g onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon paprika, sweet-noble
salt, hot paprika to taste
1 small tomato peeled, and quartered
1 fresh bell pepper, seeded and quartered
1 cup sour cream
1 cup cream
3 tablespoon flour
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon sweet-noble paprika for decoration
Favorite Dish: In 3 l pan fry onion over vegetable oil until golden-yellow. Remove from fire, add paprika, mix, add 3 cups of water.
Put pan back to fire, with bones and necks of chicken, season with salt and eventually with hot paprika. Add tomato, bell pepper and bake - covered - for half an hour.
Remove bones and necks from pan. Using a whisker in a bowl mix sour cream, cream and flour until smooth, add to paprika - sauce. Bring to boil, allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes, drain, reserve hot.
Put chicken breasts into baking pan, bake in oven over 160 °C for 15 minutes. They should be just "well done", remaining juicy inside.
Remove chicken breasts from oven, sprinkle them with paprika and cut them into 4-5 slices.
The Hungarians are hospitable...
The Hungarians are hospitable people, always ready to offer quest delicious food and excellent wines.
Many popular restaurants in Budapest.
Most famous of Hungary's wines-the sweet white Tokaji Aszu and red Bull's Blood.
Favorite Dish: Sauces rich in sour cream,goose liver on meats,such as boar and version on the menu.
Fish especially Lake Balaton pike, eel stew-or a peppery fish soup quete popular.
Favorites veal paprika stew and roast chicken with cottage cheese noodles.
Fabulous desserts, served with strong espresso, include strudels, tortes and the legendary Gundel
pancakes with chocolate rum sauce.
Tokaji Aszu is a fine, very sweet wine, normally served as a dessert wine.
This wines are aged in caskets for 5-6-7-8 years respectively depending on the number of puttonyos, alcoholic strenght is approx 13,5%
I can't remember the name, but...
I can't remember the name, but I had dinner on a boat on the Danube, and I count that as one of my best memories of Budapest. The sun was going down, the food was excellent, and the views of Budapest were fabulous. There are many of these restaurant-boats, so pick one, relax, and enjoy!
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I don't remember the places we had meals in but I would like to dwell upon: the famous paprika also knows as mild pepper of Szeged as in this town was carried out for the first time the process which makes it so mild
I have read there are more types like:
- very mild (különleges) of a dark red colour and very sweet
- special sweet (édesnemes) of a dark colour and slighly hot
- semi-mild (félédes) of a dull colour and spicy, on average hot
- pink (rózsa) of a bright light red, spicy and a little bit less hot than the sweet one
- hot (erös) very hot of a yellow colour verging on light red
a note: I read that when you cook, if you spread it directly on the fat, the semi-mild becomes bitter
and what about the famous gulasch (gulyás) which was in the past a dish for shepherds and the word itself meant shepherd while the dish was gulyáshús and it was prepared in such a way to last long during movements from one pastures to the other. the meat was cut into small pieces and cooked in cast iron pots till it became tender and dry. at this point it was made dry in the sun and then preserved in food containers made of sheep skin till when it was revived in pots with water, a few for the guylás and more for the soup (gulyásleves)
in the end a boozie bird mention: I would suggest to try barack palinka a grape the rich taste of which is due to the mixture of common apricots with particularly juicy ones and by adding crushed nuts. this grappa is then aged for one year in oak casks.
it can be a good idea for a souvenir, a present to bring back...
I nearly forget: in nearly all place I ate, the good food came with the sound of the violin...
I've eaten at Gundel and a few...
I've eaten at Gundel and a few other high-priced restaurants in Budapest. They're good, but there are better choices. Actually, some of the best food I've had in Budapest isn't Hungarian at all--there is a surprisingly wide variety of international cuisines represented. In 1995, I had a delicious Thai meal, pretty good Korean, and excellent Greek. There was even a great bagel place--a huge plus for me, since at the time I was an expatriate living in a place with no bagels within a thousand miles! We tried to eat Hungarian food only for lunch (it weighs you down!) and then go for other things at dinner.
Those bothered by cigarette smoke will not be happy in Hungarian restaurants or cafes. It's pretty bad.
Favorite Dish: The must-eat in Budapest is pastry. Cafe Gerbeaud is the best-known place, but there are dozens of excellent choices. After a hard day of wandering the city, take a load off, have a dobos torta and a cappucino, and you'll be good to go to the opera.
Local food is rather spicy and...
Local food is rather spicy and meaty, but really cheap. Its unique characteristic is paprika, kind of spicy pepper added to soups and sauses, or used as seasoning for meat dishes.
Wash your food down with Hungarian beers like Dreher or Kobanyai, or wines like the Bulls' Blood. The common reds and whites are available in most restaurants as well. The Tokaji Aszu is a sweet dessert wine worth sampling. A bitter herb liquor produced in Hungary is Unicum. Too much for me, I have to skip this.
Some recommended restaurants are:
1. Vendeglo a Voros Postakocsihoz (located along Raday utca and accessible from Kalvin ter Metro station) - tried the paprika chicken;
2. 100 eues (located along Pesti B. utca near Vaci) - has got a good atmosphere but didn't try, looks good though;
3. Bohem Tanya (located along Paulay Ede utca accessible from Bajcsy-Zs. ut Metro station) - tried the fish soup, veal in a cream and paprika sauce served with small flour dumplings.
And I had Wendy's in Budapest as well, but I still like Dave's burgers in NY which taste more juicy.
In the Raday street near...
In the Raday street near Kalvin ter tube-station there are a lot of good restaurants and pubs. To eat I recommend you the Vörös Postakocsi restaurant and to drink a good beer or vine is recommended the Berliner cellar where you can also eat too. Both of then are in this street.
Sir William: Sir William
Sir William is another nice small local pub in Raday street.
not too many places to sit , local people , very good service and nice beer.
Favorite Dish: The local beer is very good.
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