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11 top restaurants offering home delivery or takeaway during shutdown

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  • Nemes Nóra

18/11/2020 11.34am

With shutdown now upon us once more, compounded by a curfew at 8pm, Budapest restaurants have reverted to home-delivery mode as so successfully run last spring. To save you hours preparing food in the kitchen, we’ve picked out the most interesting 11 menus on offer so far – all you need do is pick up the phone.

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Biarritz étterem és kávézó

1/11

1055 Budapest, Balassi Bálint utca 2

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Biarritz is a popular and long-standing restaurant next to Parliament. They combine Hungarian tradition with modern elements, plus a little French chic. Takeaway and home delivery can both be requested, and their virtual menu is loaded with mouth-watering options that change frequently. In the spirit of St Martin’s Day, goose dishes play an important role in their current selection, from goose jelly to roasted goose leg and matzo balls.

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Börze

2/11

1051 Budapest, Nádor utca 23.

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You shouldn’t fail to invest in Börze (‘Stock Exchange’), even if the dishes are not brought to your table, but to the adjoining store. They haven’t yet started home delivery, but if you place the order over the phone, you can pick up lunch 15 minutes later – right after a walk into the city centre. There is a lunch menu on weekdays and you can also choose from the main menu.

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FELIX Kitchen & Bar

3/11

1013 Ybl Miklós tér 9.

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Known for its global and Hungarian cuisine, as well as the best golden dumplings in town, the dishes at the Felix Kitchen & Bar are perfect after a hearty walk, either for Hungarian – catfish paprikash or Wiener Schnitzel – or global, shrimp pasta or nasi goreng. In addition to the main dishes, you can find lighter grilled dishes as well as creative salads on the menu, and whatever you order, it will be made from excellent ingredients. Don’t skimp on the dessert section – what could be a more suitable for an autumnal lunchtime than soft golden dumplings with a silky sauce? Selected dishes can be ordered through Wolt, but Felix has also started its own delivery, and you can find details on their Facebook page.

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Jardinette

4/11

District XI. Németvölgyi út 136

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When able to accommodate guests, Jardinette Is one of those peaceful and shady garden restaurants typical of Buda, with a menu appealing to well-to-do local residents. Now that it’s goose days, in addition to meat broth, breaded meat and pottage, they also make goose delicacies, from soup to roast to matzo balls, and you can even order a family portion of four from the Buda classic selection. A special confectioner takes care of the desserts, so it’s worth checking out the current cake offer. You can order directly by phone or through Wolt.

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Mátka étterem (Closed)

5/11

This light, Hungarian-centric restaurant located downtown comes with hearty recommendations. If you want something traditional, yet modern, Mátka is the place to go, with a full menu of Hungarian dishes garnished with a special international twist. Mátka also offers home delivery through its own website.

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Rétisas

6/11

District XI. Hunyadi Mátyás út 56

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This schnitzel heaven in south Buda will not let its regulars down during this crisis, either. Here, takeaway is always an option, but they also deliver food to Districts XI and XXII, as well as to Budaörs. They have plenty of traditional Hungarian delicacies, some of which – like the speciality of the house, mátrai borzaska, pork chops in grated potatoes – are large enough to last you several days at a time.


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Robinson Étterem

7/11

1146 Budapest, Városligeti Tó

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Found by the lake in City Park, romantic Robinson has been a local favourite for 30 years – in the time of lockdown. we can enjoy their dishes at home. With one or two exceptions, Hungarian flavours dominate their menu, such as goulash, Hortobágy pancake and slow-baked beef shoulder. For St Martin’s Day, they are currently offering fine goose-based delicacies, too. The ordered meals can be picked up in person or delivered at an additional cost.

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Rosenstein Vendéglő

8/11

1087 Budapest, Mosonyi utca 3

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While everyone appreciates the home-delivery service offered during lockdown, the kind reception received when sitting down for a meal here makes you thoroughly regret that you can’t enjoy the experience today. But you should take what you can get. Right now, a special Facebook page has been set up to communicate their delivery selection, and they bring out the chosen food themselves. In addition to the daily offer, you can find most Rosenstein classics – such as fish soup, roast goose leg and game.


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Stand25 Bisztró

9/11

1013 Budapest, Attila út 10.

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Head to Attila utca to taste the delicious dishes offered by Stand25 Bistro. We mean that literally – there’s no delivery option, so you have to get there by your own steam, but the trek is worth the end product, and it’s a nice excuse to leave the house. Takeaway dishes can be requested to be hot or cold, in which case you can do the final touches of preparation at home, guaranteeing a fresh experience. On the menu, you find real comfort foods – such as the best potato casserole in town – as well as other homemade treats.

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Szaletly

10/11

District XIV. Stefánia út 93

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Szaletly opened in the summer of 2020 in place of the former Thököly Restaurant. Although at the moment you can’t lounge in the restaurant’s comfortable garden area – it’s slowly becoming too cold to be able to do that anyway – you can still enjoy their delicious, homely flavours. Those nearby can come and pick up their food directly after placing a phone order, but Wolt also deliver the goods to costumers further away. As committed environmentalists, the staff only uses minimal packaging, all of which is made of biodegradable materials.

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Szépilona Bistro

11/11

1021 Budapest, Budakeszi út 3.

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The newly-redesigned Szépilona Bistro is a real treat for Buda residents, since they only offer lunch and dinner delivery to Districts I, II and XII. A special exception was made for the writers here at WeLoveBudapest, and we were lucky enough to receive a meal directly from the chef, Roland Takács. On the menu, you find a mix of classic and more modern dishes, as well as a special weekend offer of Tafelspitz. Think boiled veal or beef in broth, served with a mix of minced apples and horseradish.

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