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March 29, 2010

Menza, Budapest…a MUST in Budapest

This is the bottomline: the best restaurant in Budapest. If I were to come back to Budapest I this would definitely be the first stop for me.

A place to delight all senses. A good buzzy ambience and the menu selection is the exact essence of the Hungarian dishes’ repertoire …with a modern twist. The food is excellent (yes, it is really that good) and, as I found with most places in Budapest, the staff all spoke a high standard of English.

Being so popular, it is a very busy restaurant, but don’t let that discourage you – either book your table in advance (like me), or if you’re not that organised, just show up and wait. It’ll be worth the wait.

The gulyás soup was prepared traditionally with nice chunks of beef and vegetables in the broth. The Chicken a la Menza was a casserole-type dish mixing large slices of chicken with mushrooms, french fries, and cheese, all topped with a broiled camembert cheese crust on top. The donut filled with goose liver was truly a mouth-watering experience! The veal stew with dumplings was amazing!

Diners can choose a Hungarian wine to complement the meal from the restaurant’s extensive list. I had the best wine in my 16 days in Europe here. I had the Szentgyorhy Hegyi cabernet savignon 2008 Szaszi Pince.

The servers are exceptionally attentive and aware of guest needs, without hovering. The staff waiting on us was attentive and I never felt forgotten while waiting. With great friendly service, and with an attractive retro-vibe all around (though the unique 60s/70s retro style, with orange, green and brown decor, might be a little jarring on some senses), you can’t go wrong with this place. The wallpaper, tablecloths and even bathroom tiles look great! The music is kinda lounge and chill. Very good.

The conclusion: Menza is a stylish place which has not forgotten that a good restaurant is about satisfying and honest food. And the proof is there: it’s always full, with a very relaxed atmosphere at the same time.

A must visit!

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