Budapest’s Onyx Becomes Hungary’s First Two-Star Michelin Restaurant
Fanni Kaszás 2018.03.28.
For the first time, Hungary has a two-Michelin-star restaurant: Onyx, located in the heart of Budapest, has been awarded its second Michelin star at this year’s Michelin Gala, the “European Tour of the Michelin Guide for 2018”, which was held in Budapest yesterday.
This year, Budapest hosted the Michelin Gala, one of the most prestigious gastronomic events of the world in a cooperation between the Hungarian Tourism Agency and Michelin. A fresh list of the best restaurants of five countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Greece and Hungary) were presented. The Hungarian gastronomy scene have waited for the big breakthrough, the first Hungarian restaurant to earn two stars, and this year finally, Onyx claimed its second star.
Chef Ádám Mészáros, who took over Onyx in August 2016, said he and his staff had worked hard to keep the restaurant’s single Michelin star, which was awarded to the restaurant in 2011, but their goal was to earn a second star.
Onyx’s Chef Ádám Mészáros receive the two star from Michael Ellis, international director of Michelin. (photo: Tamás Kovács / MTI)
The Guide also recommends Olimpia Restaurant and Hungary also earned a Bib Gourmand status. Tamás Széll and Szabina Szulló’s market restaurant at Budapest’s Downtown Market, Stand 25, has been included among the restaurants offering “exceptionally good food at moderate prices.”
Budapest’s three other Michelin-starred restaurants all retained their stars. The first star was awarded to Costes in 2010, followed by Onyx in 2011. Borkonyha got its star in 2014 and finally, the other Costes restaurant, Costes Downtown also received one in 2016.
European Michelin-star chefs also attended the event and welcomed the new Michelin star restaurants that have made the Main Cities of Europe Guide, which offers great places to eat and stay for travelers in 36 cities in 20 countries, including Hungary. This year, Michelin added 58 new stars, raising the total to 380 one-star restaurant.