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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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  1. oonth RE: steam23 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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      steam23 RE: oonth 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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      Merryworld RE: steam23 Jun 11, 2007 06:01 PM

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

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        steam23 RE: Merryworld 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 RE: steam23 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.

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            steam23 RE: Hop 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 RE: 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!

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              DeisCane RE: steam23 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.

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