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Hungarians love their food! Sunday brunch in a nice restaurant is a popular Special Occasion, especially among tourists in Budapest. There are brunches to suit all budgets.
For superior food, consider the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus or Le Meridien Budapest. Both offer a great selection of extremely well-prepared dishes and good service. Le Meridien has a reputation for its desserts and pastries, having one of the best pastry chefs in the city, Mázás Istvan. Some signature dishes that you can taste at the Kempinski include goose leg with cabbage, a delightful twist on roasted goose liver with garlic aioli, oven-roasted duck breast with raspberry ragout, just to name a few. The menu is constantly evolving.
For superior visual experience, Budapest Marriott Hotel and Hotel Gellert are hard to beat. Both boast breathtaking views of the city. Food quality is consistent. The Marriot offers a wide array of desserts while the Gellert adheres to more stoic and true Hungarian presentations.
Gundel Restaurant is a Budapest landmark steeped in historical significance. Founded in 1910 by Károly Gundel, it weathered Hungary's changes in political climate, from a kingdom to a communist state to a democracy. Stepping into the elegant dining room transports you to a bygone era. After all these years, it still remains Budapest's most famous kitchen. The food ranges from good to very good but not as superb as it once was in its glory days. Nevertheless, brunch (or any meal) at Gundel is a memorable treat. Make sure to leave room for dessert, especially the famous Gundel Pancake (Gundel palacsinta), a crepe with a filling made from rum, raisin, walnuts, and lemon zest, served with a chocolate sauce.
For families with young children, the Corinthia Grand is a nice option with its bright and cheerful atrium and alternating brunch menu. One week, it is Asian-influenced and the next week, British cuisine could be featured. On the 7th of April, the restaurant offered an amusing "Fool's Day Brunch" with chefs dressed as waiters and waiters dressed as chefs!
There are many good options for Sunday brunch in Budapest and NO real way to say which one is truly the best.
On a lighter note, make sure to bring a good pair of running shoes since you will need them to run off all the calories you will consume at any of the above LOL.