The rapidly regenerating university quarter in District IX has just been expanded with an affordable international bistro – and it’s not just for students!
Crazy Dean is located in the bustling inner courtyard of the former Yellow Bull and Pesti Burger, away from the noisy traffic of Üllői út around Semmelweis Klinikák metro station. Entering the courtyard, you feel as if you’re somewhere in Austria or Germany instead of District IX, the foyer of the 420-room dormitory of the Dean’s College Hotel clean and modern .
You will soon also be greeted by casual, youthful hustle and bustle, the match showing on TV, wooden tables, greenery, a weekly menu and a varied international bistro kitchen, complete with classic street food. At lunchtime, trade is swift, yet the service is kind, polite and fast. Thanks to quality ingredients without any reinvention or high prices, all is good value for money for what you get.
We first sampled Crazy Dean’s Burger (150g beef
patty, roast mushrooms, bacon, truffle mayonnaise, lettuce and Maasdam cheese,
all contained between a bun from Zing, HUF 2,590).
Although the burger might seem like a simple dish, it’s also an easy thing to get wrong. Everything from the fresh roll to the perfect meat patty to the quick-roasted mushrooms and Dutch cheese has a distinctive taste and is put together just right, given that there can be huge differences between what’s frozen and what’s not. In this case, the inside was almost creamy and the outside crunchy. A great burger at a great price.
Afterwards, we sampled a light vegan dish, the Buddha platter (rice, chickpeas, pickles, avocado, tomatoes, spring onions, pickled quail eggs, sesame seeds, rocket, soy sauce, HUF 1,990), particularly refreshing, complex yet filling.
Finally came the shrimp pappardelle (HUF 2,590), in
which the fresh oregano leaves together with the basil pesto, al dente pasta
and cream resulted in a pleasant, overall harmony.
And anyone who might argue that it’s not an egg-parmesan-based carbonara, Dean isn’t an authentic Italian restaurant, but offers completely international cuisine with a well-understood, modern and homely taste.
Crazy Dean is not only ideal for students
and nearby office workers, but for anyone after decent food at affordable
prices in relaxed and friendly surroundings. Hopefully, next year the complex
will be expanded with a funky rooftop.
In the meantime, there are themed evenings, a weekly lunch menu and relaxation with friends over a quality burger or grilled salmon.