06 Jun Where to Try Alternative Hungarian Cuisine in Budapest
When you travel it’s natural to want to try a few local dishes, but sometimes you get to a point when most of the places that serve local feel cliché, or perhaps you’re more of an adventurous eater. If you want to try Hungarian food with a twist, try some of these alternative restaurants for a different way to dine on Hungarian cuisine.
Molecular gastronomy may not be new, but when Nano opened up a couple of months back it was certain new to Hungary. And for anyone crazy or curious about spherification, foams and dishes prepared with liquid nitrogen, Nano also does a Hungarian themed tasting menu. Pickles and savanyúság, sour cabbage dishes in ice cream form, classic chestnut puree in an alcoholic foam, try some classic Hungarian tastes in a completely different way!
Location: Nano bar and restaurant, V district, Papnövelde street 10.
If you’re not so adventurous as to try an entire tasting menu of nouveau Hungarian cuisine but want to get your dose of paprika with a difference, then head over to Gelarto Bisztró for some savoury ice cream. You can try the traditional paprika potatoes served up with a scoop of paprika flavoured ice cream. Also try the foie gras ice cream with a side of brioche and onion chutney, or pumpkin seed ice cream with pumpkin mousse. Ice cream doesn’t always have to be sweet!
Location: Gelarto Bistro, V district, Szent István square 3.
Sometimes trying to find authentic home cooking can be tricky, especially when the usual Hungarian restaurant serves up similar dishes, which realistically you probably won’t find in a Hungarian home. This is why Eat & Meet was born, a family-owned popup restaurant located in the Goldbach’s family abode in the winter, and in their country house in Dunakeszi in the summer. These home cooked dinners feature seasonal dishes that are all home cooked, use only local ingredients (sometimes from the family’s own farm) and are a great place to learn about Hungarian food in a different way.
Street food has become a big deal in Budapest in the recent years, and you can get all kind of Hungarian street food snacks around the city. They’re great to eat on the go and at low budget. From reinventions of the classic Hungarian fried cheese dish to sausage cones and classic Jewish street food, you can see more about Hungarian street food in our article.
Hungarian Haute Cuisine
Budapest has a few restaurants that can boast a Michelin star, and while most of these serve food with a more cosmopolitan mix, but some come with a new interpretation of Hungarian cuisine. Onyx, for example, comes with its Hungarian Evolution Menu, which features some modern takes of Hungarian dishes. However, while some core ingredients are typically Hungarian, like goose liver, its unorthodox combination with apple and pistachio may not be the kind you’ll find in a csardas. Whereas Borkonyha blends the French bistro tradition with a Hungarian inspiration, whereas Costes takes the Mediterranean kitchen and blends it with the Hungarian one.