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Michelin stars over Budapest – Costes introduces fine dining in the sky


  • Nemes Nóra

15/10/2020 12.06pm

The first restaurant in Budapest to receive a Michelin star, Costes is introducing two exciting initiatives this month. The first is fine dining on Budapest’s Big Wheel, revolving on downtown Erzsébet tér; the second, a unique high-end take on home delivery.

From 7pm this Saturday, 17 October, discerning diners can enjoy a panoramic experience, being served dishes conceived by Miguel Rocha Vieira, the chef who earned Costes its first Michelin star back in 2010. Although the particular eatery where he made his name, on Ráday utca near Kálvin tér, is currently closed due to the pandemic, its sister operation, also awarded with the highest honour in global gastronomy, is operating three days a week.

Photo: Balkányi László - We Love Budapest

It’s the staff at Costes Downtown, in fact, who have started preparing all the ingredients for customers to create their own stellar dinners at home, delivered to their door.

Feasting on the ferris wheel

“The idea of ​​a restaurant on the ferris wheel has been brewing for a while, but so far we haven't been able to implement it due to visitor numbers,” says Costes co-owner Károly Gerendai. "Now, however, the decline in tourism provides an opportunity to offer Michelin-star cuisine above Budapest.”

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Meals will be served in the four-person cabins, intimate yet easier to observe social distancing than in if dining surrounded by complete strangers in any restaurant. While the main Costes outlet has temporarily closed, Costes Downtown is running – but only from Thursdays through Saturdays. 

Fine dining at home

“To avoid having to let staff go, we’re embarking on an innovative home delivery initiative that doesn’t simply deliver food, but conjures up a complete Michelin-starred dinner at home,” says Gerendai.

Photo: Balkányi László - We Love Budapest

Those who want to create a family dinner, a festive occasion or a friendly get-together over fine dining indoors, can call the restaurant’s chefs and waiters, who make the ingredients. Waiters then serve everything from wine pairings to glasses, plates to cutlery, so you won’t even have to do the dishes. 

Photo: Hartyányi Norbert - We Love Budapest

For all details about dining on the Big Wheel and a Michelin-star experience at home, see here.

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