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Thursday Top Ten: Best Restaurants And Bistros You Have To Try If You Visit Budapest

In Hungary Today’s weekly series “Thursday Top Ten” our readers can learn about the most interesting things one can find about Hungary in connection with a given topic. This week we collected the top ten best Hungarian restaurants and bistros that you have to visit if  you are in Hungary.

Nano

Nano is the new bar-restaurant in Budapest where dishes and cocktails are decorated with molecular elements. The devil is in the details, in the unusual harmony of ingredients, in altering a shape or structure, but not for its own sake, rather as an exciting supplement to the dishes served on guests’ plates. This place is a cocktail bar as well, where our guests can order extravagant cocktails, edible drink creations, special spirits, wines, sparkling wines and champagnes from a separate drink list, and can choose from a selection of tapas dishes from our bar menu.sparkling wines and champagnes from a separate drink list, and can choose from a selection of tapas dishes from our bar menu.

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OPENING HOURS:

Everyday, except Mondays

6.00 pm till midnight (until 2:00 am on Fridays and Saturdays)
Orders are accepted until 10.00 pm.

Address: Budapest, Papnövelde u. 10, 1056

 Monk’s

Monk’s Bistrot has opened it’s doors in March 2015 downtown Budapest and almost immediately became a recognized player on the capital’s culinary scene. The name choice and the interior design were inspired by spirit of the local, -former kitchen of the Piarist monks in the 19th century- and are a tribute to the past. Designers aim was to find the right balance between past and present, design and functionality and fill the whole place with the subtle harmony that also is a determinant characteristic of the kitchen. When the weather allows guests are welcome to sit and eat out on the terraces: The frontal terrace enjoys a protected feel thanks to the archway of the passage whilst the lateral one offers the great view of the main church and it’s garden, the Gellert-mountain and the Danube.

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OPENING HOURS:

Monday-Sunday: 11:00-23:00
Kitchen closes: 22:30

Address: Budapest, 1052, Piarista köz 1, 1052

Soulfood

American fast food in a different way, writes the Soulfood about itself. As you open the door you step in a real restaurant of New Orleans. The manager of the place Attila used to be a musician, then he lived and worked overseas. Fortunately, he decided to come back to Budapest and bring something with himself… the great idea of this restaurant. In the various list of meals you can find the amazing cajun and creol foods. Try the jambalaya and tex-mex ribs or the huge and tasty hamburgers. Do you want something more special? Let’s choose DIY plate, with meat (chicken, steak, etc.) through to sides (rice, potatoes) to sauces.

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OPENING HOURS:

Monday – Wednesday: 12:00-22:00
Thursday: 12:00-23:00
Friday – Saturday: 12:00-24:00
Sunday: 12:00 – 22:00

Address: Budapest, Kazinczy u. 32, 1075

Bestia

Bestia, the Hungarian beast, has come to life in 2015 with an immense selection of crafted beers, quality steaks and live music programs. In the heart of Budapest, right next to the gorgeous Basilica, this place a “must visit one” and an epic scene for pub lovers. The 12 local draught crafted beers and our perfectionism in steaks, meats and sausages will rock your socks off. If you have doubts, check the rotisseire and josper in our kitchen, and especially taste our food… with a beer on the side, sure.

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OPENING HOURS:

Sunday – Wednesday: 12:00-00:00
Thursday-Saturday: 12:00-12:00

Address: Budapest, Szent István tér 9, 1051

Márga

The metropolitan brother of the Csopak-based MÁRGA brilliantly matches the urban atmosphere with a well-refined menu, a kitchen built on the flavours and the most exciting wines of the Balaton region, presented by a friendly, young and professional team. MÁRGA Budapest brings the atmosphere of Lake Balaton to meet the urban tastes, though in a little different way, than you would think.

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OPENING HOURS

Monday -Saturday: 12:00-15:00, 18:00-22:00

Address: Budapest, Székely Mihály u. 2, 1061

Japanika

The history of Japanika began in the winter of 2004 in Tel Aviv, where a young couple opened their first sushi bar on the Dizengoff Avenue. Over the years, Japanika grown up a fast-food chain all over Israel and entered in Europe in 2016. In the heart of Budapest, near the Basilica, you can find the first European Japanika restaurant that combines the traditional Asian cuisine with the spirit of Budapest providing the same Japanika principles: fresh ingredients, super premium high quality food for friendly price. You can enjoy and taste a bite of Japan in the downtown of the Hungarian capital. Enjoy cocktails from special Eastern ingredients and from traditional Japanese drinks while listening pleasant music. And you can take special sushi assortment following the European taste, Thai noodles, soups, grilled dishes and lovely desserts too.

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OPENING HOURS:

Sunday – Wednesday 12:00-24:00
Thursday – Saturday: 12:00-03:00

Address: Budapest, Szent István tér 7, 1051

Stand25

The Stand25 is a serious “joy-kitchen” of Szabina Szulló and Tamás Széll in the marketplace of the Hold utca. The only rule is the next: There is no compromise in the quality and the ingredients. It is a free Hungarian-cuisine in a friendly bistro. On the menu of the Stand25 we can find meals that are connected to the Bocuse d’or winner Tamás Széll’s name such as goulash soup or rakott krumpi. On the marketplace here you can find the best coffee and if you are there you should have look at the drink’s list. You can find selected Hungarian wines, craft beers and various gintonics and champagnes.

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OPENING HOURS:

Monday: 12:00- 17:00
Tuesday – Friday: 12:00-18:00
Saturday: 12:00-16.00
Sunday: closed

Address: Budapest, Hold u. 13, 1054

Antré

The Antré is a new color on the palette of the restaurant of Budapest. First of all it offers a very friendly price for the tasty and quality meals writes menadntal.hu Hungarian gastro-blog. It is the fine dining of and a bistro at the same time…it what was needed in Budapest. You can find it in the centre of the downtown not far from the famous Király utca. The ultramodern restaurant of the Antré can receive and seat more than a hundred guests. Grab a dinner there if you are in the downtown of Budapest, you will not sorry for it…

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OPENING HOURS:

Everyday: 07:00-00:00

Address: Budapest, Paulay Ede u. 3, 1061

Tekergő

This place is literally more than a restaurant. The Tekergő Restaurant and Motel is waiting for the costumers in the whole year at M7 motorway (45-46 km) the nice view of Lake Velence. We can greatfuly say, the gastro-revolution finally started to reach the Hungarian countryside. The capacity of our Restaurant is 50 in winter and 120 in summer. They are waiting for  visitors in the whole year even with bicyle or dog. As it is more than a restaurant you can take a reat after your meal and stay here for a day in the Motel. The rooms are having every modern comfort, and they are air-conditioned. Thought the windows,  the nice view of Lake Velence can be seen.

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OPENING HOURS:

Everyday: 8.00 – 22.00

Address: Velence, Sukorói, Első u., 2481

Paneer

The story of the Paneer is a real garage-band story in gastronomic tale. They started with a little stand in the garden of Karaván, a party place, where they invented the legendary fried-cheese-burger named Real Cheesburger. After a while, they started to run a foodtruck on the roads of Budapest and visiting festivals. In 2016 January was the time when the company took a big step and opened the first cheese-bar, probably in the world. Don’t hesitate to visit Paneer and “Say Cheese to cheese” if you are in Budapest… (To explain it; in Hungarian language “cheese” sounds like “csíz”, a word Hungarians say when taking a picture of somebody. It means: “smile!”.)

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OPENING HOURS:

Sunday – Thursday: 11:00-23:00
Friday – Saturday: 11:00-01:00

Address: Budapest, Király u. 53, 1077

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via: restu.hu; monks.hu; bestia.hu; margabisztro.hu; stand25.hu; japanika.hu; tekergoetterem.hu;

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