If you follow the Holy Whisk Blog, this post won't be a surprise since every time I go for a visit to Hungary, I try to catch up and try restaurants and street food places I've never tried before. This is what I call: Gastro Adventure.
You can read the previous post from this series here.
I've had a list as always, but I've got some random suggestions that modified the original plan a little bit and there were a few previous favorites I've visited again. The weather was lovely and fortunately, I've scheduled my visits on workdays, so there wasn't a massive crowd.
Alma Nomad Bakery
3. Vitkovics Mihály Street, Budapest 1052
When I've started to the places I'd like to visit, I was so curious about the artisan bakery of Timi and Joaquin. The talented owners fell in love then established their dream bakery in the heart of Budapest. They are so inventive but you can discover the classic sourdough and pastry principles in their creations. If you fancy, enjoy the carefully selected, premium coffee and tea variations with your breakfast.
I've picked a colorful one: a challah loaf-like base topped and baked with almond frangipane, raspberries, and almond flakes, sprinkled with chopped pistachios. It was super tasty, a bit moist, and what is my favorite: it is the perfect example of the optimal balance of sweet and sour.
3. Hold Street, Budapest 1054
This well-known bakery truly deserves its reputation for its organic, additive-free baked goods. The service is excellent from the minute you step into the store until you leave. The staff helps you to choose the best while confidentially informing you about their products.
We’ve chosen a spicy, cardamom and cinnamon bun, filled with vanilla crème pat and topped with forest fruits… it reminded me of my Scandinavian adventures. This is my ultimate favorite since this complex treat has a well-balanced taste and varied textures. We tried a delicious bun filled with sheep’s curd, chives and walnut, and a round, salty crispbread too.
Panificio Il Basilico
8. Király Street, Budapest, 1061
Since I’m baking sourdough, one of my biggest wishes was to try the sourdough of my baker idol, Szabolcs Szabadffi. The last time I’ve visited their restaurant in Szentendre and tried the Neapolitan style pizza, but this time I was curious about the bread.
I’ve ordered handcrafted Wiener with mustard, salad, and of course the famous sourdough bread, the refreshing drink was a sour cherry cordial with ice. Everything was delicious, but I have to highlight the bread… what a taste, what a crispy crust and airy texture! I’m so glad I’ve had the chance to try the bread I wish I’ll be able to bake at home one day.
21. Hercegprímás Street, Budapest 1051
After the lovely morning, the temperature started to rise. This is the time when you need a refreshing drink that is not too sweet. If you’re craving for the same experience, I highly recommend trying the Matcha Tonic of Dose Espresso.
The special taste, the colour of the antioxidant-rich Matcha tea boosted the chilled, slightly bitter tonic. We paired the drink with almond biscotti that set the sweet and bitter balance.
MOM Park, 53. Alkotás Street, Budapest, 1123
I cannot stand hot weather, but when I have to deal with it, it usually happens that I try to find refreshing lunch options. I love how Bagatellini read in my mind and they had this roasted peach soup, served chilled with meringues. By the way, they offer many free-from options too.
The pleasing, visual experience of the beautiful Weck jar they’ve placed the soup was the cherry on top. The soup was not unnecessary sweet, instead of that it provided a pretty natural flavor with the lovely tanginess of a perfectly ripe peach which was balanced by the thin and crispy meringues.
12. Erzsébet Square, Budapest, 1051
D.O.P accredited pizza in Budapest? Sure!
The guys at Digó Pizza use the best ingredients to elevate the quality of their pizza to meet the strict requirements of the official pizza. For their Margherita D.O.P (Denominazione d’ Origine Protetta = protected designation of origin), they use San Marzano tomatoes grew on the Vesuvius volcano and Mozzarella di Bufala from Campania.
After the long fermentation of the dough, the pizzaiolo bakes the pizza in the 480 °C hot furnaces in less than 90 seconds. The giant air pockets in the crust and the marriage of the quality ingredients makes this pizza a must-have during your visit to the Hungarian capital!
17. Németvölgyi Street, Budapest, 1126
If you would like to have a proper lunch in Buda, seated in a luxury environment then you should try the big sister of Bagatellini. Downstairs you will find their bakery with a wide range of cakes, pastries and sandwiches focused on free-from options.
Upstairs, at the restaurant, you can order versatile dishes from salmon, through pasta to venison burgers. I’ve chosen chicken paprikash with spätzle, topped with sour crème and pumpkin seed oil. My cousin chose the lamb roast. Both of the dishes were delicious, the chicken and lamb were just perfectly done and all elements had a function on the plate which I really appreciate!
4. Március 15 Square, Budapest, 1056
To be honest, I’ve seen a picture on the Instagram page of Domi Lovász, who posted this sexy, signature dessert. Thanks to him for making me crave this treat because a few hours later we were sitting on the terrace of KIOSK, just to try it.
The poppy seed bread pudding is baked together with a delicious vanilla filling, coated with crispy caramelized sugar on top, coronated by a poppy seed ice cream quenelle, and surrounded by Crème Anglaise and crumble. I love it so much since it’s so playful with hot and cold opposites and probably the best version of this Hungarian dessert I’ve ever had. I’m 100% sure that I’ll try to re-create it at home very soon!
9. Kazinczy Street, Budapest 1075
It’s very interesting, how a hot soup can help on a hot summer day to adjust your comfort level from horrible to pleasant. You know I’m in love with stock and broth in general, but since I’ve discovered ramen I like to have a giant bowl, full of noodles, meat, and veggies and fully filled with ramen stock in front of me. I’m so proud I’m getting better with chopsticks too: this time I used the wooden spoon to eat the ramen stock only -yasss!
NOTE: This meal has been offered by the restaurant in advance of my visit.
1-3. Váci Street, Budapest 1062
I’m in love with this place in Westend City Center since it’s the only quality street food place in this popular mall. A few months ago András Wolf added a few new dishes to their menu, including a new dessert, so -before I went home by train- I went to try these curd cheese dumplings. I can’t help when I see vanilla sauce so for sure I’ve added that and chose cinnamon sugar sprinkle on top.
The restaurants had no previous information about our visits and
we experienced the same service, quality, and prices as other guests!
In case special service or complimentary meals are offered, we always mention it!