The restaurant scene in Budapest has seen an incredible transformation in recent years, and almost every style of cooking can now be found there.
You’ll receive a very warm welcome at this lovely candlelit cellar where the attentive staff serve food sourced largely from the owner’s family and friends in the Lake Balaton area. The Hungarian home cooking includes some first-rate dishes such as grey beef, duck leg, oxtail and lamb’s knuckle. Superb desserts too. Popular with both locals and expats; reservations are essential.
The fifth restaurant in Budapest to be awarded a Michelin star and the second Costes one, Costes Downtown calls itself a fine-dining bistro and has added a new dimension to Budapest’s restaurant scene. Watch the two chefs at work in the open kitchen and, nibbling on squid-ink chips, order such delectable offerings as swordfish ceviche and pan-seared duck with grapefruit and fennel. Weekday business lunches are 6900Ft
With a hint of black magic in its name and a cosy location in the basement of a residential block, this family-run restaurant has earned loyal local fans with its excellent takes on Hungarian classics. Feast on slow-cooked duck with red cabbage, grey-cattle sausage or pearl-barley risotto. The weekly specials are a bargain.
“Hold utcai Piac” The Downtown Market
What used to be called the Hold utca Market has been given a total facelift. It remains a true-blue purveyor of meat and produce, but we come here for the dozen or so eateries on the upper gallery, which serve everything from főzelék, the traditional Hungarian way of preparing vegetables sometimes served with meat, and Vietnamesepho (noodle soup)to paella and lobster.
St. Andrea Wine & Skybar
It’s important to point out that this place isn’t affordable for everyone. This is not a casual bar to drop by after work for a few glasses of beer, but one that strives to be cosmopolitan, and serves as a venue for truly special occasions. This skybar would fit right in among similarly tony open-air nightspots in New York, Singapore, or London, but its home is on the rooftop of the World Heritage building in Budapest.