Gastronomy in Budapest and in Hungary in general is abundant in spices, the most famous of which is paprika, which is used in many of this country´s typical dishes. In Hungarian cuisine, the most famous dish is goulash, whose ancient origin comes from the rural classes. The dish is made out different meats, vegetables, legumes and, of course, paprika, the national spice. It´s a comforting meal if it´s cold outside, since temperatures in Budapest can be quite low during the winter months, which makes it no surprise that abundant meals predominate most of the Hungarian recipe books.
Also, Hungary has a wide range of wines, beers and regional spirits of the highest quality.
Budapest has nothing to envy about the other great European capitals, famous for having the best cuisine in the world, since this city is currently experimenting a revolution when it comes to cuisine. Even Michelin stars have arrived in the city, the biggest award and honour for any restaurant.
Here´s a list of some of the most famous and typical restaurants in Budapest, so that you can enjoy its wide gastronomical range with different traditional atmospheres and music:
Alabárdos: Located inside the castle and surrounded by 15th-century buildings, this restaurant has a long tradition that enables you to sample classic Hungarian dishes with a modern twist. (Országház utca 2 H – Buda 1014)
Tigris: One of the most popular in the city, this bistrot offers more informal atmosphere and serves typical Hungarian dishes and wines elaborated with a lot of care. (Mérleg utca 10 H – Pest 1051).
Vár: a Speiz: Also located close to the castle, this restaurant offers an excellent menu made up of rustic yet delicious Hungarian dishes. The meaning of this name, for the curious ones out there, is ´the Castle´s pantry´. (Hess András tér 6 H – Buda 1014).
Pierrot: If you´re looking for something more elegant, this is the right place. Located inside a historical house, it has an excellent menu with traditional Hungarian recipes and live piano sessions entertain the guests.(Fortuna utca 14 H – Buda 1014).
- Gundel: This restaurant with an excellent atmosphere is located in a villa inside a park in Budapest. As well as its speciality in Gundel-style crêpes, there´s a wide range of typical Hungarian dishes. And that´s not all, since you can also enjoy a live gypsy orchestra in its large column room. (Állatkerti utca 2 H – Pest 1146).
And so, if you´re in Budapest, don´t miss out on visiting some of these restaurants where you´ll enjoy an authentic tasting experience, a pleasure for your senses in the new capital of gastronomy, where Michelin stars, tradition and modernity come together to offer you the best dishes and atmospheres in this country.
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If anything distinguishesBudapestfrom other European capitals, it is the traditional food one can find in every restaurant of the city. This pride in tradition is reflected in their cuisine that is based in the social life and the culture of the Bulgarian peasant and revolves around a table filled with well-prepared food.
So do not despair if the dishes are plentiful, think of it simply as hospitality and prepare yourselves to enjoy it. We do, however, recommend that you arrive with an empty stomach and that you have antacids at hand if your stomach is sensitive.
Goulash is the most popular specialty among tourists toBudapest. Known around the world, visitors to the city want to taste the true flavor of this soup that has the consistency of a stew.
A great place to try a goulash with an intense flavor of paprika is the Kehli restaurant, which is considered one of the best places to experience the essence of Hungarian culture inBudapest. It is located at Mokus utca 22, behind a historic, attractive façade. Gypsy music and good local wines are offered every night. It is run by its owners.
The restaurant Nancsi Neni is a true gem and a good place to eat goulash. It is located in the Valley de Huvös, at Ordogarok ut 80. Here they try to give visitors a taste of the authentic flavors of goulash, making eating this dish there a pleasure that will long be remembered. This restaurant uses special ingredients – meat, vegetables, and paprika – to prepare a dish of the highest quality and a long history. If you go with kids, they will also take special care of them.
The Kisbuda Gyöngye restaurant, located at Kenyeres utca 34, has a goulash with the aroma of traditional foods but the taste of modern cuisine.
Karolyn, an elegant and little known restaurant among tourists, is located in the palace of the same name which is now the Petofi Museum of Literature, near theSisiBridge. There menu contains only traditional Hungarian dishes, among them a goulash you won’t want to miss.
In Kádar Etterem you’ll have a wonderful experience trying the goulash, which is made from meats and products of the countryside to reproduce the homemade taste. The interior is interestingly decorated with photos of Hungarians from the 70s and 80s. Located at Klauzár tér 9, their staff speaks English. They are very strict about closing times but have prices that are very reasonable.
The truth is that goulash can be found on almost all the menus inBudapest. It is more than just a dish, it’s a tradition that nobody wants to miss.
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Hungary is an exotic, mysterious and plenty stories country that attracts tourists from all around the world, but it also has a strong gastronomy with plenty of flavors and aromas that little has changed over time. For these reasons we’ll tell you the history of its gastronomy, which dishes are the most desirable, how to prepare and how to eat them.
The Hungarian cuisine goes hand in hand with its history, it has a tradition of almost 1000 years and some Eastern influences, both in the seasoning and in several flavors. One of those characteristics is that all the soups and stews are thickened with lard and wheat toast flour, which gives them a texture and taste of its own. The main spices are paprika, which can be spicy or not, but it is essential to any further development of Hungary. Another inevitable flavor is tomato and onion Hungary.
One of the internationally known dishes is goulash, this soup with the consistency of stew is made with cubed beef, potatoes, lard, green bell peppers, onions, fresh tomatoes, ground paprika, cumin, garlic and csipetke pasta. This dish has become the most traditional of the Hungarian cuisine and almost every restaurant in Budapest has it in its menu.
The csipetke paste (meaning pinch) is made only with flour and eggs, it has no water, and when the dough is ready, you take little bits with your fingers and put them into the preparations in the moments that is boiling. It is also used in special preparations for those who do not like meat.
For many products used in Hungarian cuisine, a tour to the central market in Budapest is very didactic, and is one of the most beautiful Art Deco buildings in Europe. The products can distinguish the famous multicolored Hungarian sausages, such as the delicious variety of salamis that are in high demand worldwide. The particularity of these salamis, is that the meat is not grinded, it is chopped into small pieces that are smoked with beech wood. There is also the unique hanging of paprika and garlic.
Do not forget is the barak pálinka, the traditional liquor made of peach. This drink, according to Hungarian culture, enhances mood and body strength.
In general, the Hungarian food does not have raw vegetables, and its dishes are served very hot. Keep this in mind this when you are offered traditional Hungarian food.
Hungarian desserts are fresh fruit tarts and crêpes, which are filled with nuts, fresh fruit, cream, cinnamon and some booze. The crêpes are not flamed; a finishing sauce to give flavor is added.
With these recipes, the only thing you should do now is to rent apartments in Budapest and spend the best days of the year in this charming city, where the Danube has inspired artists, writers and poets.
Translated by: Hans