I might have touched on the food aspect of Budapest slightly in my first post but I can’t stress enough what excellent value all the restaurants we ate in were. Great value for money on the actual food but also the level of service – to the point that I didn’t mind that every single place we went automatically added a 12.5% ‘voluntary’ tip to the bill.
Just one word of warning, though pretty much all menus had an English translation, the translation can be a bit sketchy – I would argue over their definition of cake – so it’s worth checking the Magyar version with a phrasebook to check!
Recommended Budapest restaurants
- Bock Bistro/Bisztro
Next door to the Corinthia, we went for lunch here once we’d dumped our suitcase and absolutely loved the atmosphere, the wine (520 HUF’s a glass = about £1.80) and the delicious ‘cracklings’ – be warned, this is not crackling as we know it but is instead pork fat with little bits of crackling in it – they don’t seem to do butter in Budapest! We had their meat and salad plate (or, as they call it – ‘A cold taste from Lali chef’s pantry’) to share and it was very generous, with loads of bread. Beware of the super hot chilli pepper – delicious but deadly! I would recommend booking as we were very lucky to get a table.
Just round the corner from the opera house, this place was soooo cool, I wanted pretty much all the fittings, wallpaper and tablecloths for my house! I loved this place so much that I want to go back every day – my stomach would be so happy. We had cocktails, two starters, two mains, one puddings, two coffees, two liqueurs and a bottle of wine for under £50 including tip…???!!!
- 21 Magyar Vendeglo (Hungarian Kitchen)
In the castle district this restaurant was just plain lovely, we had their meat and salad plate (Hungarian bistro plate) to share – we enjoyed the first one so much – why not?
- Legenda river cruise
Not strictly a restaurant I know but the food was very good – four courses with three choices for each course – and the view unparalleled!
- Budapest in a nutshell, on a shoestring (January 2011) (moonunderwater.org)
- Weekend Update: Budapest (iamchrisbritton.wordpress.com)
- Hello from Budapest (niscili.wordpress.com)