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(about the cuisine)
Dear Future Participants!
You are about to visit the capital of Hungary. Not Hungry!
It’s a common mistake foreigners make. And the funny thing is that we call our own country by a totally different name: ’Magyarország’. And no, we are not hungry! Perhaps for knowledge and participants 😉
Well, decide it for yourself. Our traditional dishes almost always contain bacon, fat or oil, onions and paprika powder, pork or beef plus pasta or potatoes, served with white bread. But of course Hungarian cuisine is more colorful than that, so it’s best if you taste it yourself, for example by visiting any of the following restaurants that are found downtown and I tried myself:
Kiskakukk – The wood-paneled walls and leather-upholstered chairs give the place a sophisticated, albeit homey atmosphere and evoke the history of this once-fashionable residential neighborhood. Address: District XIII, Pozsonyi utca 12, Budapest (near the Parliament)
Kisbuda Gyöngye – One of the finest restaurant of Buda. The place is filled with antique furniture and decorated with an elegant patchwork of carved wooden cupboard doors and panels. Meat and game dishes stand out here. Address: District III, Kenyeres utca 34, Óbuda, Budapest
Menza – The place is a 1970s-style cafeteria evoking the communist-era – only by its looks: retro table settings and lighting design. It is located in the heart of trendy Liszt Ferenc tér (where you find numerous other restaurants and bars to spend an evening at). Address: District VI, Liszt Ferenc tér 2, Budapest
Lizard Restaurant – This is said to be the nicest and most romantic restaurant on Ráday street. The street is also called ’Culture street’ since it gives place to many programs, festivals, concerts, restaurants, bars, museums, galleries and small, often underground theatres. Address: District IX, Ráday utca 16, Budapest
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What I would strongly recommend for you to try include cold mixed fruit soup, veal stew with special noodles richly sprinkled with cottage cheese and small peaces of fried bacon, and for dessert, either pancakes ’Gundel’ style (filled with tasty wallnut cream, chocholate dressing) or Somloer nockel (sponge cake soaked in chocholate, rum, with vanilla and chocholate pudding, sprinkled with wallnut pieces, raisins, topped with whipped cream and chocholate dressing). And for heaven’s sake, stop counting those calories for one day only!
If you don’t eat pork nor veal or beef, you’ll find a really wide selection of poultry meals in every restaurant, and many offer fish too, although not too often.
And of course, if you tried and hated Hungarian food, you can still find your favorite among representatives of cuisine of other nations including Italian, Chinese, Indian, South-American, and North American…Vegetarian, Paleolit, Halal, etc!
If I’m visiting an other town, I usually like to walk around a lot, and when I get a little tired, I try to find a nice café or confectionary to sit and enjoy caffee and sweets and watch people on the streets. A homage to this ’hobby’ can be done on Váci street, Ráday street, the Duna corso (embankment) or the castle district too, but the best place for this is probably Liszt Ferenc square. You will always see many people there, walking and trying to find out which bar would best fit their needs.
ESOPBlog Hungarian Editor