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An April 2002 trip to Budapest by kylebarber

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Quote: The best dining options in modern day Budapest often reflect the city's rich past

Hungary: Budapest dining

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No skimpy portions in Hungary! Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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With Budapest becoming a major European capital that attcacts a high number of Western tourists, it's not surprising that the number of quality restaurants around town have increased. There has been some experimenting the wildly popular fusion cuisine found throughout Europe and North America, though many high end restaurants still rely on traditional Hungarian recipes to satisfy their customers. In fact, some of the best places I visited on my recent trip to Hungary are historic Budapest eateries that have been restored to their former glory. While everyone has different tastes each of the following restaurants should have something to appeal to all tourists or residents who appreciate an experien...Read More

Gundel

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Restaurant

Gundel Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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Perhaps the most famous restaurant in Budapest, Gundel has been a culinary institution since 1894. The elegant building that houses the Gundel restaurant captures the essence of the turn of the century, a time of Hungarian prosperity and great national pride. Whether dining among the many Hungarian masterpiece paintings and strolling Gypsy orchestra in the large A la Carte formal room downstairs, the majestic gilded walls and crystal chandeliers of the Queen Elizabeth ballroom up the marble staircase, or in one of the seven tastefully appointed private banquet rooms, it is apparent that no expense was spared in returning this cultural treasure to its former glory. Even without the world class food,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 24, 2002

Gundel
Allatkerti ut 2
Budapest, Hungary 1146
+36 1 468 4040

Alabardos

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Restaurant

Alabardos Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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Housed in a Gothic building dating back to the 15th century, Alabardos magically transports its diners to the past with its unique, intimate environment. Guests are greeted with a welcome drink in the outdoor courtyard, adorned with medieval objects and decorative touches. The small indoor dining room seats only 36, which may account for the exemplary service. The gracious hosts were always attentive and upbeat, making our group feel particularly welcome in their restaurant. The guitarist who provided live music during our meal seemed as if he were attempting to learn new songs on the job, but otherwise the dining experience was without fault and entirely magical.The meal began with a cold appe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 24, 2002

Alabardos
Orszaghaz utca 2
Budapest, Hungary
(361) 356-0851

Nancsi Neni Vendéglöje

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Restaurant | "Nancsi Neni"

Nancsi Neni Vendéglöje Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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This homespun family restaurant way up in the Buda hills caters to locals and makes for a nice respite from the buzz of the city. Tourists will also enjoy an excursion to Nancsi Neni for a chance to explore traditional Hungarian cuisine without all the fuss and creative flourish today's chefs feel is necessary to serve a "fine" meal. Like a meal at your grandmother's house, you won't go hungry at Nancsi Neni: the portions are ridiculously large, even for Hungarian standards.Our dinner began with a carrot salad, which was quite similar to our American rendition of cole slaw. Aunt Manci's Favorite turned out to be a grilled chicken breast with grated apple and thick ementhal cheese baked on top. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 24, 2002

Nancsi Neni Vendéglöje
Ordogarok ut, 80
Budapest, Hungary 1028
+36 1 397 2742

Gambrinus

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Gambrinus Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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Tucked away in a business hotel in the heart of 'pest, the surprising Gambrinus offers high-end meals and incomparable service. I felt uncomfortable that I hadn't worn a tie as the servers' presentation and attentiveness was world-class. The only drawback is that, because of the hotel's low ceilings (typical of Europe), the room felt somewhat claustrophobic. Gambrinus also has a reputation as a restaurant for gourmands, with its top-notch cuisine winning numerous awards and accolades. We sampled a very tasty cream of asparagus soup, followed by the country's noted fish: a filet of pike perch. The main course was a heavy and decadent pheasant stuffed with eternally popular goose liver. Hungari...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 24, 2002

Gambrinus
Vaci utca 20
Budapest, Hungary
(361) 485-3199

Karpatia

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Restaurant

Karpatia Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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Karpatia carries on a tradition of over 120 years of fine dining. While the restaurant has experienced a number of changes in its lengthy history, Karpatia has always respected and warmly welcomed its guests and have provided first class meals that prompted many return visits. The current décor reflects the style of Hungary in the mid 1920's, when the Spolarich family purchased the restaurant.Our meal consisted of three courses, starting with a duck soup flavored with white wine and saffron. Being adverse to red meat, I opted to pass on the young bull sirloin steak, but thoroughly enjoyed my substitute chicken prepared with creamed mushroom ragout and steamed vegetables. Dessert was a homemade ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 24, 2002

Karpatia
Ferenciek tere, 7-8
Budapest, Hungary 1053
+36 (1) 317-3596

Belcanto Etterem

Restaurant | "Belcanto"

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This fun restaurant is located directly across from the Opera House and it works hard to keep up the spirits of happy patrons who arrive fresh from a performance next door. Not only are the servers polite and quick to meet customers' demands, they also will sing an aria or two between the appetizer and main course.

Our consommé soup led to the main course of pork served in a potato and bread crumb "jacket." Served on top of mashed potatoes and vegetables it was a filling meal. The dessert was a crepe filled with hazelnut mousse and topped with an unusual plum chocolate sauce.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 26, 2002

Belcanto Etterem
Dalszinhaz Street 8
Budapest, Hungary 1061
+36 1 269 3101

Chelsea

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Restaurant

Chelsea Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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Art'otel's restaurant Chelsea matches the hotel's kooky design and spirit. Playful colors and wild decorative touches punctuate the oddity of having a glass elevator operate in the center of the dining space. Guest rooms open up to face the inner courtyard atrium that doubles as the dining room space, so you can catch unsuspecting guests in mid conversation before they become aware that everyone is trying to eavesdrop!The food served on the domino inspired china ware is equally creative and quite good. We tried the spinach crusted goat cheese appetizer, which was pleasantly sharp and tangy. The consommé soup featured a matzoh like "wheat puff" that neither added to or distracted from the broth....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 26, 2002

Chelsea
Bem Rakpart 16
Budapest, Hungary
(361) 487-9487