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For Sale: Country restaurant
I was on my way back to the hotel and decided I needed to get something to eat before it got too late. Just a few blocks from my hotel and across from Central Market was this restaurant/pub. I took a peek in and noticed that the place was crowded with what seemed like locals, the restaurant’s menu was quite extensive and there was a band playing some Jazz, so I decided to have dinner here.
The first thing about this restaurant that will strike you as strange are all the business cards, notes and pictures of the many patrons who have dined here and straw on the ground. There are two levels for dinning or drinking and I was seated upstairs. The waiter was quite friendly and very attentive. There was a large group of Brits sitting next to me and the rest of the restaurant was full of couples.
On the table was a candle and a basket of peanuts. I wasn’t quite sure what to do with the shells until I saw everyone tossing them on the ground. They replenish the peanuts quite often, but I wasn’t about to spoil my meal.
Favorite Dish: I ordered the grilled chicken with garlic mashed potatoes with a side garden salad along with a Hungarian beer.
Belgium Brasserie: Leffe Blonde and Pomme Frites
This was the only restaurant/pub that I actively seeked out. While doing research on hotels, one of the reviews mentioned this pub and the large selection of Belgium Beers (is like heaven in a glass). I'm not a fanatic of beer and will occassionaly have one or two as my choice of libation is wine or that heavenly spirit, Champagne, but, I do have a weakness for Leffe Blonde or any Blonde Ale from Belgium.
There is a full menu of delicious meals, but I just wanted something light to go with the beer. The restaurant/pub was not crowded, just a bunch of girls hanging out at the table next to me.
It's located at the foot of Castle Hill overlooking the Danube and a stones throw from the Sicklo.
Favorite Dish: Leffe Blond (of course) and a side of pomme frites....so, so good.
Anna Cafe: Pasteries
After having dinner I decided to take a walk and find a nice café for some dessert. I walked to Vaci Street and found myself here. This is a full service café serving meals, drinks and of course desserts. It had a warm open feeling to it with a large counter and a huge screen T.V. I needed to jot down some information on my journal and this was a perfect place to do it.
Prices were reasonable
Favorite Dish: I ordered something along the lines of a Neapolitan Layer Cake and of course a café latte.
Bonnie & Clyde: Bonnie & Clyde
I stumbled upon Bonnie & Clyde during my last evening walk around Budapest. I was starting to feel hungry after so much shopping and walking on Vaci Utca and decided to take a look at their menu. They serve mostly "Italian" dishes, pastas, pizzas, and salads..
It seemed like a great place for a large group or a cozy meal. The restaurant/bar is conveniently located on a corner with other restaurant and pubs surrounding it, but I like the menu and decided I would have my dinner here.
The waitress was very friendly and chatted me up a bit, she promptly took my order and came back with my drink.
I didn't wait too long for my meal to arrive nice and hot...
Favorite Dish: I ordered the Penne Quatro Formaggio and a Bonnie Blonde Ale to wash it down...it was so delish...
Tarnok Kavehaz: Pizza & Wine
Located in the Old Town section of the city, this restaurant was okay. I was looking to have a glass of wine and something light to eat. I decided to grab a pizza and a glass of wine. It was cozy and pretty crowded and the service was good.
The pizza wasn’t quite as good as I had hoped. The particularly didn’t like the sauce. I particularly do not like sweet sauce and this pizza had a sweet taste to it. I had a few bites and decided to just enjoy a few glasses of wine. The waiter realized I didn’t eat the pizza and asked me why, when I told him about the sauce he was apologetic and asked that I choose something else from the menu. At this point I had lost my appetite and decided to skip ordering anything else. They took the price of the pizza off the bill and sent me a free glass of wine.
I thought that was really nice of them.
Favorite Dish: A pizza and some really good wine.
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.
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.
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".
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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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...
Babel Delicate: Recommended by Michelin
Not too far from Onyx this chic modern restaurant is often noted for its creative cuisine, small portions and high prices. It is one of the rare places where they focus not only on the taste of food but the sight, smell, and serving to create a truly memorable dining experience.
You can dine a la carte or choose from three menus:
•Hungarian contemporary - costs: 18 000 HUF without drinks
•Babel International - costs 16 800 HUf without drinks
•Vegetarian - costs 14 500 without drinks
The wine list of Babel offers a wide choice of Hungarian wines quite a few of them can be ordered by the glass
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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.
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%
Shalimar Indian Restaurant: Fabulous Indian meal downtown
Brace yourself for a truly royal feast in an authentic Indian setting hidden in downtown Budapest. You'll at once be transported to the Mughal Raj if you head down a couple of stairs at 50 Dob utca. The cooks have a rare flair for curries and tandoori dishes alike. Plus, an amazing variety of superb Indian food, would recommend it to anyone stopping over in Budapest. People seem to think likewise as the place was packed on a Wednesday evening. Will be back for their business special in a couple days for sure.
Favorite Dish: Well, on the first visit, I went in for the staple Mughlai dish "murg makhni", being as it is the test of an Indian restaurant - I wasn't disappointed. On the second, I felt an urge for trying "machli masala" and I had tandoori salad for entrée. If the tandoori salad was excellent, then the machli masala beggared description. Sabji raita is an excellent match for the machli masala. They are great at the naan-front as well.
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.
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