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Where to treat someone in Budapest

steam23 Jun 10, 2007 02:40 PM

My Father in law is taking my wife and I to Budapest this summer. He wants to show us where he grew up, so he's taking care of everything. I want to be able to say thanks while we're there and take him out to dinner at a place that'll really knock his socks off. Any recomendations would be really helpful. Thanks in advance!

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    Merryworld Jun 11, 2007 06:01 PM

    Gundel, of course, the most famous restaurant in Budapest!

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    1. re: Merryworld
      steam23 Jun 11, 2007 08:28 PM

      I just looked at the menu for this one. I think that's going to fit the bill perfectly. I'm getting hungry just looking at it!

      1. re: steam23
        Hop Jun 14, 2007 11:13 AM

        Here's my vote:


        I was there a couple of months ago and this was by far
        the most sophisticated, yet NOT the most expensive, food and dining experience
        I've ever had in Budapest after more than half-dozen visits in the past few years.

        Have a great trip.

        1. re: Hop
          steam23 Jun 23, 2007 04:49 PM

          Thanks for the tip. It's very timely! We're heading off tomorrow. We've already made a reservation at Gundel, but there will be more than one dinner. This looks right up my alley!

        2. re: steam23
          steam23 Jul 7, 2007 04:50 AM

          Just got back. Gundel was amazing. Definiately a highlight of the trip! We had the tasting menu with wine pairings, and I think it may well have been the best meal I've ever had. The service was spot on. The whole meal went off like a perfectly choreographed ballet. The waiter even gave my wife and me a tour of the restaurant, including the kitchen (big as the dining room) and the ball room upstairs.

          Thank you so much for the tip!

          1. re: steam23
            DeisCane Jul 17, 2007 10:27 AM

            Glad Gundel worked out. To me it was a no brainer--but I just saw this thread! We were lucky enough to have our wedding reception there and to this date, it remains my favorite meal of all time.

      2. oonth Jun 11, 2007 01:26 PM


        This place is great if you're into caviar and it's sane prices as well. The first time that I got what all the fuss is about where the sturgeon egg is concerned.

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        1. re: oonth
          steam23 Jun 11, 2007 05:52 PM

          ooo, That looks tasty. If it were just me, I'd be there in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, the F.I.L. is not so big on the seafood. I think the perfect place would be one that presents a modern take on tradional Hungarian cuisine.

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