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Smoking up a storm – UMO Garden opens at the foot of the Buda Castle


  • Péter Blazsovszky

17/05/2022 11.04am

Owners Attila Molnár and Szása Nyíri, with the help of Colombian R&D chef José Guerrero, have just opened the UMO Garden, the latest coolest and cosiest alfresco restaurant spot. Here, international flavours share the same common denominator of barbecue smoke, and Boutiq’Bar supremo Zoltán Nagy takes care of cocktails.

It was just after Christmas when we wrote that the UMO restaurant on Ponty utca had opened a window to the world with modern barbecue techniques, converting a former Capuchin monastery into an international bistro kitchen based on grilled cuisine.

Photo: UMO Garden

Now that it garden has just opened, it cannot be praised enough. UMO’s multicultural concept of a window to the world remains unchanged, but the flavours now blend in even more subtle fashion than when it opened in December. The dishes are vivacious and exciting, and there’s not the slightest hesitation in the whimsy in the cocktails.

Ceviche leche de tigre

Photo: UMO Garden

Popular already is their divine ceviche served with sweet potato chips contains both heat-treated and marinated fish, and leche de tigre, aka tiger milk, providing a citrus, spicy fish marinade flavour.

An essential element of the elegantly restrained taste of the crab taco is pico de gallo, fresh tomato salsa, a homemade tamarind sauce and a secret ingredient in the sour cream. The UMO chicken paprikash, meanwhile, is an imaginative and unique signature dish, as the chicken is finished on the grill and the paprika sauce comes with a dip.

Paprika & chicken

Photo: UMO Garden

After opening on 14 May, the UMO Garden will soon host various events, such as the fusion yoga brunch series, complete with incense from Mexico. There will be a UMO Session every month with a focus on atmosphere, live DJ sets and cocktails. As part of the UMO Kitchen Takeover, foreign chefs will feature for an evening or the weekend to present a sit-down meal.

Rumour also has it that this small gastro hub on the corner of Ponty utca and Fő utca will be expanding in the coming weeks. Watch this space!

Venue information

UMO Garden
1011 Budapest, Ponty utca 2
Open: Daily noon-10pm

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