I lived in Budapest for several years in the 1990s, visited a few times since, but haven't been back since 2003, which is light years in restaurant time.
I will have two nights in Budapest in late August, and am looking for the nearly impossible for one of those nights, a place that serves high quality authentic pre-war Hungarian cooking in a setting that isn't soley geared for tourists. It can be updated Hungarian cooking but not looking for fusion. I do not need a rustic, old fashioned "folklor' type setting---food is most important. There must be more than Kehli, Nanci Neni or Kis Buda Gyonge, which I have both done many times, and were "tired" when I left. Have also been to Cafe Kor several times, and could go back if there are no better options. Have no futher interest in Gundel.
Based on some internet research, Borbirosag, Cafe Bouchon, and 21 seem to potentially fit the bill, but would like some guidance.
For the second night, I am open to something newer, more Hungarian/ International.
Would welcome all suggestions but preferably from someone who has dined in Budapest in 2010. Chew.hu list hasn't been updated since 2008.
Thanks in advance.