Sometimes when Signor Lu and I are on tour together, we have fractious discussions about where to eat.
We don’t like fast food outlets and we studiously avoid Italian food when we are not in Italy. Spicy food is also out because one of us has a delicate Italian stomach.
This narrows down the choice of eating places, which is helpful indeed.
But having a narrower choice doesn’t necessarily mean that we always choose well.
Before leaving for Budapest, to avoid the usual low blood sugar fuelled “discussions” about where to eat, followed by post-dining disappointment, I printed out a list of recommended restaurants, cafes and coffeehouses from Frommer’s guide to Budapest.
Each morning during our stay in the Hungarian capital, instead of paying 9 euros a head for the hotel breakfast, I dragged Signor Lu to a charming café or coffeehouse for a coffee and a bite to eat.
Thus we breakfasted at:
- Gresham Kavehaz (Four Seasons Gresham Palace) – overpriced and not very good coffee but the Art Nouveau hotel foyer is stunning and the bathrooms are exquisite.
- Gerloczy Kavehaz (gorgeous old-world café charm – too bad it was raining and we couldn’t breakfast under the canopy of leaves.)
- Central Kavehaz (old-fashioned splendour and an excellent range of cakes for the sweet of tooth).
At lunchtime I had only to consult my map and my Frommer’s list to find a good spot within easy reach. We lunched at these lovely locales:
- Farger’s Café (very tasty salads)
- Hummus Bar (seriously delicious vegetarian food)
- Rivalda Café and Restaurant (more old world charm)
- Café Eklektika (friendly service and good food)
For an evening bite, I referred to the list again and off we went, on foot or by metro, to whichever place had caught our fancy.
- Marquis de Salade (an interesting Azerbaijani restaurant)
- Mokka (superb food, great service but the food portions had an inverse relationship to the price)
- Soul Café (wonderful)
- Café Dszungel (nature-themed restaurant: different)
I regret to say that I did not taste the national dish, Hungarian Goulash. However, some of our dishes had been seasoned with Hungary’s signature spice, paprika.
As you can see, we did not go hungry in Hungary…