Well- I might not have been in love with Hungary- but that doesn’t mean I didn’t eat! And let me tell you I pretty much enjoyed everything I ate. 🙂
Hungarian food tends to be a bit heavy- sauces, meats, potatoes, breads- but there is also a strong trend in Budapest towards healthy vegan/vegetarian eating and restaurants.
Here is review of the different food and restaurants I enjoyed while I was there. (Restaurants were visited in September 2016)
There is a great seafood restaurant The Big Fish on Andrassy Uta. We ate their our first day and we were all sooo happy!! You pick the fish you want, how you want it cooked, and any sides you like. Then they bring it to your table. Yummy! But be careful- you pay by the weight of the fish and if you are not paying attention… You could be sad when you pay the bill.
KÉT SZERECSEN is the place we ate the second night. I had this awesome grilled sea bass… seriously must have been missing fish in my diet! (Even over the next few weeks, I made salmon at least once a week in the flat, sometimes twice!) We ate outside, had a nice glass of wine and it was lovely.
We ate at a vegan place for lunch one day. Two of the girls I am traveling with are vegetarian, so we all try to be aware of that and eat places everyone can really enjoy. This place Slow Foodiez had quite a few options. I am not sure I should have picked something that is all substitutes- not fresh main ingredients- but it was ok- could’ve had more flavor I think with some good spices. It sure was pretty though!
For one of our group lunches we got together at Bistro 68. The food is traditional Hungarian. It was yummy- the service was a little slow- but we got there when another large group did and they got their order in before us so…
One of my favorite places was Ricsi’s World’s Jewish Street Food. I ate there a few times. They have a great election of yummy jewish foods and there is also a bar in the back where you can order drinks. The restaurant is all outside seating and a bit rustic but has a really great vibe and the lighting is eclectic and fun in the evening.
My favorite lunch (and afternoon snack- there was so much!) was this awesome hummus place. The Hummus Bar. It is a chain all over the city- but the location we went to was so close to the co-working space- it was super convenient to run over there for lunch!
The wine bar- Doblo Wine Bar– was so fun! My friend Carrie and I went together on a double date. (Whoo hoo) They have an awesome wine tasting. And by tasting I mean 5 GLASSES of wine and this amazing charcuterie plate(s)! They told you all about Hungarian wines and the various wine regions (There are like 19 different wine regions!) And you got to try 5 different wines- red, white and dessert. It was lovely and has live music almost every night. It was not cheap but it was an experience worth having.
Street food was good too. On one of the walking tours I had this làngos which is basically fried dough. Mine had ‘sausage’ (hot dog?!) inside with lots of gooey cheese! And at the wine festival I had this awesome piece of “pizza” and then we had ribs and veggies from another vendor. Yummy!!
One day for lunch we did a little research and found the place voted to be the BEST gyros in Budapest. The store was barely big enough for two customers to stand and order at a time- and has a small counter for about 4 people to sit and eat. When we got there around 11:40 there was already a line out the door waiting to buy some of the deliciousness! Check them out here. It really was pretty awesome and the carrot salad is something they are known for so be sure to throw some on your “extra gyro!”
We had been out doing fun stuff and the baths all day and were walking home looking for a good place to eat. You know how difficult it can be to find a GOOD restaurant in those areas. We got so lucky with this place! The Italian Kitchen- La Cucina was great! I had more fish! An awesome sea bass with spinach and rosemary potatoes. You pay for each thing a la carte- and it’s not a cheap dinner but it was so delicious that when I was out and about with other friends we stopped there again! Shannon had pizza and said it was pretty great too, so I took some home with me for lunch the next day! The service was very good, they have nice wines and made some good recommendations for us as well. We sat there and enjoyed our food and wine while we waited for a thunder-storm to pass. It was a very nice time.
One day I went to this street food/ food truck fair- a large chunk of Andrassy Uta was blocked off for the event. Oh you KNOW I was in heaven… Street photos and food- all in the same place? What a great way to wander around on a Sunday afternoon! I didn’t write down all the places I got the different food from- besides at a street fair with food trucks you just wander and snack and go where your gut tells you… so if you find a street food fair in Budapest or some food trucks- just try it!
One of the most traditional foods there in Budapest is grilled goose liver. So- of course when we were at another traditional Hungarian restaurant- I had to finally give it a try. Korhely is a really nice place- good food. I also had a tureen of catfish soup before this. What a big lunch! I didn’t need to eat for days! Oh- how was the liver… It was ok. Not super tasty no special spices, but the combination with the mushrooms and the làngos under it was all quite nice. At least I tried a very traditional and different food. It was not gross or awful- but not yummy enough for me to try again.
Ironically my last meal in Budapest was the same restaurant as my first. The Big Fish. It was again as lovely and yummy as the first day and a great way to end the month in Budapest.
So there you go.. Lots of lovely places to eat in Budapest- if you are looking for delicious places you can’t go wrong!
Have you been to Budapest, where was your favorite place to eat??