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Best Restaurant for Special Day

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Best Restaurant for Special Day

I read the TA restaurant forum and read the forum about different restaurants. There are many great choices but many are lunch or budget restaurants. For a very special occaission which restaurant would you suggest? Think of a restaurant that you would only visit for a very special time. Thank you in advance.

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1. Re: Best Restaurant for Special Day

Any particular type of food, or will just expensive do?

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2. Re: Best Restaurant for Special Day

Hello xcapeohio

Well you are in luck since Budapest has no shortage of marvelous eateries. A few that will rival any kitchen in the world serving their selected cuisine and menu and others that are just so very special and outstanding due to them being located in this marvelous food city.

Perhaps you could share with us what makes a special dining experience for you and yours so that we can have an idea as to direction with our suggestions.

Also do you want to travel a bit or are you looking for something near where you will be staying (which is?) and as mentioned above is there any particular cuisine you seek.

Let us on the forum know and we all do our best to give you some suggestions that may just fit the bill.

Best

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We tried Onyx, one of Budapest's Michelin starred restaurants recently. It was good enough to consider for special occasion meals (see link).

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SEBESZ and the other Budapest experts should be able to provide you a nice list of options. We did well dining at some of their recommendations during our trip a couple months back.

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I want 2 different food types. For one meal, I would like a Michelin quality restaurant. For the 2nd restaurant, I want authentic Hungarian food. Thank you for all your help.

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Onyx is a good mix of the two; it is a very serious Hungarian kitchen cooking at Michelin standards. It is, in my view, the single most serious Hungarian restaurant in a city with many excellent places to choose among, the only one with its national identity being held in as high esteem by those who are guiding it as is culinary excellence. Bock Bisztro also has a claim to seeking to pursue Hungarian traditions, as does Rosenstein (coming from a Jewish Hungarian starting point).

But the concept of 'authentic Hungarian food' in a restaurant is tricky. Imaging trying to figure out a place that serves a really great Tuna Casserole in NYC. Or Mac and Cheese. There actually are such places in NY, but their menus aren't ones that serve a broad range of 'authentic American' dishes. And the same is true in Budapest.

For a great Hungarian/Central European meal I typically head to Cafe Bouchon, which has the best range of traditional dishes among its menu and specials, but I'm not certain that it would be what I'd call 'authentic Hungarian' food. It's the closest to what my mother cooked, but it's eclectic.

I once tried to surface an answer to a question like this, and this is what I got:

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For high end dining that is in Hungary and of Hungary but not explicitly trying to be a Hungarian icon, I would add LouLou and Faustos (the latter is rooted in Italian cuisine). Costes and Borkonyha, the other tywo Michelin-starred places, I think are less compelling over all. For a lovely room with excellent food, the Gresham Kavehaz (the Four Seasons' main restaurant, indeed, its only restaurant) is a very nice place to eat.

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Hello xcapeohio,

I agree Onyx is a solid choice, however quite a bit over-the-top in my opinion in terms of look over taste and service that is a bit overbearing. I do think the food is good, but the atmosphere loses me.....but then again, I'm not a Michelin star restaurant seeker....

But for the high-end I would add Arany Kaviar to the list - http://www.aranykaviar.hu/english/ The entire experience is excellent here - and we very much enjoy sitting on the less formal (more business casual) patio which ends up being like a UN meeting with many nationalities. The food is simply excellent - and I'm not speaking about the caviar. While my wife loves and enjoys the caviar, I go for other dishes, and always come away pleased. The service matches the setting and atmosphere and is first rate. And then after dinner, exit the restaurant and turn left up the hill for a nice romantic walk around the castle district.

For good Hungarian, I'd also include Rosenstein, but also add Pozsonyi Kisvendeglo as a "real, authentic" Hungarian kitchen. While Rosenstein is also authentic and real, the setting is more business casual with really good food and service. While Pozsonyi Kisvendeglo is the opposite - a completely casual setting with a lot of traditional (and fried) offerings. It's usually packed due to the good food, large servings and neighborhood setting. Other casual authentic Hungarian kitchens in city center close to the parlament area I'd examine include Tüköry Etterem - http://www.tukoryetterem.hu/ and Hungariankum Bisztro - http://hungarikumbisztro.hu/

The great news about Budapest is that there are many great kitchens around the city. You will not go hungry here!

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7. Re: Best Restaurant for Special Day

Hello xcapeohio,

Some great suggestions above.

For those Michelin quality restaurants you seek you really can't go wrong with any suggested so far.

As for Onyx it can be somewhat stuffy (think Guy Savoy in Paris) but for that special meal that you do not have every day it really does fit the bill ... be prepared to give it the time required and to linger over each offering.

The above mentioned LouLou Restaurant is also one in the exquisite category yet a bit more laid back than say Onyx (think L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon) It incorporates its own Hungarian flare to several of its creative dishes I recommend the Goose liver parfait. I highly recommended it for a special occasion dinner.

You do not mention if your stay will be short or long in Europe but another option if you get a real craving for some great steak would be KNRDY. Perhaps the best steakhouse in central Europe. it does not match your criteria for above but if the feeling for some solid red meat hits you it is definitely worth doing

I am going to throw just one more out at you and that is Gundel Etterem. A Budapest landmark in its own right. The food is very solid not the absolute best Hungarian kitchen in the city by far but it is a place that is worthy of considering if one wants that special dining experience when traveling to the city. The dining room and ambiance make up for any small shortcomings the kitchen may have and having dined there just a couple of weeks ago it is not a bad meal at all.

Best enjoy your travels

SEBESZ

Edited: 21 May 2014, 21:22
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It would be hard to disagree that Onyx's service and milieu are stiff, but they are not stuffy and they are not unfriendly, in a stiff sort of way. My meals there have been a of deal of fun, actually, in part because of the company, but the waitstaff never got in the way of our having a very enjoyable, very laid-back meal, and the food was transcendent ... causing occasional periods of silence while all we could really do was eat.

But Costes is more comfortable and a less imposing sit among the three Michelin-starred restaurants; the third, Borkonyha, is not a room that I personally enjoy ... for me it's just not a particularly comfortable space and the staff are a bit distant, but bthe food is very good and the prices surely the best value among the three.

That said, Onyx is trying to do something very different from either of the others, or from pretty much any other restaurant in the city, save perhaps LouLou though I would say not LouLou either: Onyx is trying to recapture and build on serious Hungarian cuisine, digging back before World War II in ways that are surprisingly difficult for Hungarian restaurants to accomplish. Three generations of lost memories and distanced ingredients make taking Hungarian cooking seriously be as difficult to do in Budapest as taking American cuisine seriously was in the USA in 1950.

The result is that there are a good number of excellent places like Pozsonyi Kisvendeglo that provide a really wonderful window into post-War Hungarian cooking, and some, like Gundel, that provides a window in the haute socialist cuisine (in a stellar setting, but Sebesz I think is being exceedingly kind to the kitchen. My recent meals there have been Hungarian takes on high end restaurant ballroom cuisine. Places like Rosenstein and Bouchon are looking back to pre-War tropes in modest but very satisfying ways, while places like Borsso are looking forward to Hungarian-tinged new cuisines, and places like LouLou and Csalogany and Borkonyha are simply Hungarian chefs being creative in a way that every country these days has local chefs thinking globally.

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