Restaurant Week is an annual food festival of sorts, where restaurants all over the city offer fixed price, three-course menus for only 3,000 HUF – occasionally with a few extra surprises on top. While fine dining in Budapest has always been affordable compared to the likes of Paris and Rome, Restaurant Week makes it possible to sample some of the city’s world class food offerings, for a fraction of what you’d usually pay. In 2015, Restaurant Week runs from the 12th to the 18th of October. We decided to take a look at just a few of the places opening their doors.
1. A38 Restaurant
Photo: official Facebook page of A38 restaurant
Aboard an old Ukrainian steamer boat is probably not the first place you had in mind for dinner, but at one of the city’s coolest night spots, it’s well worth seeing for yourself. While the venue mainly serves as a concert hall and nightclub, the restaurant has gained a reputation for serving a range of hearty dishes, including veal, goose and wild boar, all cooked to perfection. Don’t be put off, despite being a music venue, the atmosphere is particularly cosy, especially if you visit for lunch, and there is the added bonus of a view out over the Danube as you eat.
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Opening hours: 11am–11pm Mon–Sat, closed on Sunday
2. La Perle Noire Restaurant
If you’re looking for fine dining in a stylish atmosphere, this is the place to go. Sitting along one of Budapest’s most sophisticated streets, Andrássy Avenue, this place serves seasonal favourites such as foie gras and a full range of fresh tasty seafood and a dessert menu designed to please even those with the sweetest of tooth. The staff will go out of there way to make you feel comfortable, and a quick glance at Tripadvisor shows that complimentary drinks aren’t unheard of.
Taking its name from Károly Gundel, who opened the place in 1910, Gundel has survived two wars and socialism and continues to bring class and form to Budapest’s cuisine circuit. It excels in serving guests the best that Hungarian cuisine has to offer, paired with top wines selected from all over the world. One of its most popular signature dishes is the Gundel palacsinta, a crepe filled with rum, raisin, walnuts, and lemon zest, and served with a chocolate sauce. Further enforcing its reputation as Budapest’s finest, guests are treated to the finest in hospitality and traditional folk dancing and live orchestra for entertainment.
Featured image: gundel.hu
4. Trattoria Mamma
Photo: official Facebook page of Trattoria Mamma
Representing Italian cuisine at it’s finest, and located just off the Basilica Square, this place is a great for a cosy dinner and some wines on your trip to Budapest. The place is beautifully decorated and the service is very attentive. What’s really set this place out, however, is the attention to detail that goes into the food with the pizza and linguine both coming in for rave reviews.
Housed in a stunning art nouveau building, nestled on the edge of the charming Jewish quarter, ARAZ sits where the Hungária Bath used to be and is now part of the Continental Hotel and open to both guests and the public. The food is wonderful, a blend of Hungarian and French influence, old and new, combined to create a tasty array of dishes sure to delight even the pickiest eaters. And aside from the menu, the interior is quite luxurious, with locust flooring, limestone tiles, luxury furniture and settings and gold, brown and black colour finishes.
Kárpátia has the distinct honour of being known as one of Budapest’s oldest restaurants, having been open since 1877, and it continues to retain this old worldly charm, dishing out great local cuisine and entertaining guests with traditional gypsy music. Food is served to you by eager staff while you sit in beautiful hand-carved wooden booths with a gilded finish. Portions are generous and there is plenty to choose from including a delicious range from the brassiere and an extensive list of Hungarian wines to wash things down with.