Has anyone been to Rivalda Cafe and Restaurant in Budapest?
We will be in the city in early October, and only have two nights to eat out. One of them is a special birthday dinner for my brother, and I was thinking of Costes. Someone suggested Rivalda for the other night, and I would really appreciate hearing from anyone who has been there. Thank you!
of the two Michelin-starred restaurants in Budapest I prefer Onyx (among other things the executive chef is Hungarian, and a woman, and the menus are less self-consciously el-bulli-esque
if your brother is a dining-as-performance-art sort of person, then Onyx is a good choice; it's a very serious meal in a very good venue with very attentive, somewhat formal service; if Hungarian-ness is not essential, the Nobu might be a good choice; if it is, then perhaps Babel or the Muzeum Kavehaz; for Italian in a world class restaurant, Fausto's
for a somewhat more laid back Hungarian contemporary meal with serious efforts to explore and expand traditional dishes, Bock Bisztro in Pest or Csalogany 26 in Buda
BUT, if this is a about a having a meal, rather than about food as an end-in0itself, then without a doubt, for me Cafe Bouchon is the place to go for a family celebration ... it's a comfortable room with infinitely engaged and engaging service and a willingness to craft your meal in any direction you all (or individually) want. Our family goes there every time we are in Budapest and want to celebrate one another or heal wounds we have inflicted on each other; when it's pouring rain outside and the world seems grey, or when we've had a wearying day pounding Budapest pavements; it is a comforting place and the food is wonderful without dominating the company.