Fine Dining in Budapest (Hungary)
Budapest, the beautiful capital of Hungary, is one of the upcoming city trip destinations and it is easy to understand why. Besides the big attractions such as Castle Hill, the historic city centre, thermals baths, Ruin bars and others, the food & drink scene is rapidly developing. From food trucks to food festivals, from beautiful bars to fine dining: Budapest has something for everybody. We visited the city in September 2017 and selected four fine dining hotspots.
- Costes (16/20 Gault&Millau Hungary, 1 Michelin star)
Restaurant Costes is one of the very first fine dining restaurants in Budapest and is definately one of the best restaurants in the Hungary. Head Chef Eszter Pallagyi, overseen by Miguel Rocha Vieira, serves an inventive, creative version of the Hungarian cuisine with traditional influences and many local, high quality ingredients.
A dinner at restaurant Costes is a fine-dining experience where Hungarian tradition meets innovative dining. Eszter’s biggest influence was Taubenkobel in Austria, where she worked before, and that is translated in here cuisine today, with lots of local and bio products in the dishes.
Creativity is definitely present in the desserts such as the ‘Walk in the forest 2017’, where walnuts are combined with chocolate structures and a pine tree mousse.
- Costes Downtown (15/20 Gault&Millau Hungary, 1 Michelin star)
Costes Downtown is the second restaurant of the Costes restaurant family and the flagship restaurant of the Prestige Hotel (please see below). Here, Chef Tiago Sabarigo, overseen by Executive Chef Miguel Rocha Vieira, presents creative, fine and elegant dishes, combining Hungarian ingredients with their Portuguese influences.
One could call the style of the food more casual but the style remains creative, fine and elegant. Many Hungarian ingredients are used and complemented with the Portuguese influences from the two chefs in charge. However, ingredients that are more exotic are used as well, such as the combination of crayfish with yellow lentils, coconut, burnt mango, and spices.
- Babel (15/20 Gault&Millau Hungary)
Restaurant Babel is the gastronomic restaurant of the Hungarian M15 hospitality group and focuses on the regional cuisine with a modern touch. It gets inspirations of local traditions but serves dishes that fit in today’s international expectations. Head Chef Istvan Veres originates from Transylvania and in his tasting menu you will experience his way of Transylvanian innovation.
Ivan offers an unprecedented fine dining experience in Budapest that is very different from other restaurants in the Hungarian capital. Its modern interpretation of regional cuisine is attractive, light and creative. A place to sit back and enjoy the pleasure of modern, culinary delights from a chef on a mission to insert innovation into the Hungarian cuisine.
- Borkonyha Winekitchen (15/20 Gault&Millau Hungary, 1 Michelin star)
Borkonyha Winekitchen is a gourmet restaurant located in the centre of Budapest near the Basilica, the Liberty Square and the Danube River. Head Chef Ákos Sárközi is passionate about wines and the name of his restaurant ‘Winekitchen’ speaks for itself. The concept is based on the wide and diverse wine list that is combined with delicious dishes.
Ákos’ relaxed, genuine cooking style combines authentic ingredients with a refined presentation. His ambitious bistro cuisine shows that Hungarian cuisine can easily be matched with influences from other European countries like Transylvania, Spain, France or Italy.
During our visit, we stayed at Prestige Hotel Budapest. This is to hotel where Costes Downtown is located so you are definitely safe for what concerns great food! Besides great food, the hotel is a great option for your stay in the beautiful capital of Hungary. The central location, near to the most famous sights, is the first asset. Add the beautiful, compact but luxurious rooms, and a remarkable contemporary/classical design, and it is easy to understand why this hotel is so popular.
Pictures in this article were made with the Fujifilm X-T2 Camera, our favourite compact, lightweight and robust camera with endless creative possibilities. Used lenses: XF 35mm 1.4 R for food shots, and XF 10-24 mm F4 R OIS for interior and outdoor pictures.