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Best Sunday brunch in Budapest

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Best Sunday brunch in Budapest

Hello, we hear there are some Fab brunches in Budapest - we'd like to go to one which has great food, surroundings and free flowing chanpagne/wine. Can anyone recommend some to us - I hear the Marriott is great ?

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1. Re: Best Sunday brunch in Budapest

I am not a gourmet when it comes to brunches. We have many, many of them where I live (Phoenix/Scottsdale) and I have my favorites. Who knows why you favor one over the other. But in Budapest, there is no way to beat the view from the Marriott. They always have enough of a variety to please me. Perhaps others will look for some special dish or some other element, but for me, the variety, consistant quality, warm service and the absolute unbeatable views from the Marriott work time and again.

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2. Re: Best Sunday brunch in Budapest

Okay, its not a "brunch" but Cafe Vian has a good breakfast, excelent service and bubbly. The Four Seasons use to do a brunch so check their website.

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3. Re: Best Sunday brunch in Budapest

There are a, you'll pardon the expression, bunch of sunday brunches in budapest at most of the five-star hotels, and some other places, and they each have a distinctive personality.

As donbacsi suggests, the Marriott's view is unparalleled, especially from the terrace, which is not such a great place to be sitting until the temperatures turn north of freezing. The food is very good, the desserts (despite the Mariott having a great dessert buffet most other times) are just fair. The music has been very good when I was there, but I bet that varies.

For the food, I keep coming back to the Kempinski...but it's a darkish and somewhat dour room. The menu is teutonic, and heavy on the smoked and pickled fishes, but they have by far the best bread selections, and a great cook-to-order section, and the service is marvelous, and in general the Kempinski is the most food-serious of the major hotels (even more so than the excellent Gresham Four Seasons, to my tastes, though it is close and the Gresham is a much nicer room and the menu more classically continental (and it shines when it comes to Italian dishes; but it has no Sunday brunch).

So I hit the Kempinski most often.

But the Meridien has, by far I think, the best dessert selections and the best pastry chef of the brunches, and its other foods are all terrific. And the service is good and the room calm and lovely. And they have the best kids offerings as well from what I can see. So that comes in pretty high on my list.

The Grand Corinthia has a spectacular atrium and a very solid brunch. If you book seats in the atrium it will be bright and beautiful and the food is to a consistently high standard, with asian flourishes (at least when I was there last). Also excellent...

The Gellert has a somewhat leaden, 1980's luxe Hungarian food aura to it but sitting on the terrace looking back across the river is pretty spectacular and as a sort of monument to what the absolute pinnacle of socialist era grand hotel service likely was, it's a pleasure in its own right. The food is good enough, but the atmosphere and view are the only reasons to go.

The Karpatia restaurant has a sunday brunch and the food is prosaic and drab, but it's a hell of a setting in the midst of paneled wood and art glass and the sense of bygone eras...again, not a place to go for the food, but not necessarily a bad afternoon in that setting.

And Gundel has a Sunday brunch, and Gundel is an end in itself, really the place where families went on Sundays between the Wars, lovingly restored, with better food than the Karpatia, but not as good or as expansive as the very best of the hotels.

My bottom line is the Kempinski when I'm going to graze; the Marriott when I'm going to sit; and the Meridien or Corinthia for a change of pace...

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4. Re: Best Sunday brunch in Budapest

Laura

If its pastry you would like to be the highlight then the LeMeridian is a great bet, they may just have the best pastry chef in the city.

If its the view either the Gellert hotel, a very solid array of Hungarian offerings or the Marriot is solid with a good view and a more continental offering.

A classic would be Gundel's which is probably the best time to enjoy a fabulous historic eatery since overall it tends to be a little dated and stoic but its brunch offers a chance to enjoy most of there very best offerings.

I would also throw the Kempinski into the list of suggestions. I tfound the food variety to be wide and the service is solid.

No matter which you select, let me just add one more suggestion:

Be sure to pack the exercise shoes so you can have a run around Margit Island to burn it all off....LOL.

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5. Re: Best Sunday brunch in Budapest

Welcome back Sebesz!

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6. Re: Best Sunday brunch in Budapest

Thank you everyone - fantastic information - can't wait to try the restuarants in Budapest!

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7. Re: Best Sunday brunch in Budapest

last time i was there the brunch with free champagne at the meridien was outstanding,about 2004

we are returning next month so would be interested to hear of any other places for brunch

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8. Re: Best Sunday brunch in Budapest

Hi lutonlagerlou - thanks for the tip on the Le Meridien brunch. It sounds fabulous on the website. I would appreciate your feedback after you go back to Budapest next month and where you enjoyed brunch. thanks

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9. Re: Best Sunday brunch in Budapest

Have you folks read this thread? It's a pretty detailed guide to all the major Sunday brunch venues in the city, and while the Meridien has a lot to be said for it, it is surely not head and shoulders above the others. It's a great place with kids and a marvelous dessert selection; but a windowless room and a middle-of-the-road (which is to say still extensive and excellent) selection of food. Each of the other places has something going for it and almost all have a range and quality of food that is at least as good -- the Kempinski has perhaps the best food, the Marriott, Gellert, and Corinthia gorgeous places to sit (the first two have soothing views of the river), and so on as detailed above.

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10. Re: Best Sunday brunch in Budapest

Hi John - how do I find the thread you are talking about please regarding briunches?