More and more restaurants in Budapest are adapting to the current situation by starting up home-delivery services and takeaway. Below, we list a number of eateries whose dishes can continue to be enjoyed at home during the shutdown. We can expect more and more restaurants to start offering food delivery, so look out for later updates. Food can also be ordered to your door online via Netpincer (english.netpincer.hu) and Wolt (wolt.com/en).
Michelin-star Babel and its stablemate KIOSK restaurant were quick to announce that they will be converting to home delivery only. As owner Hubert Hlatky-Schlichter says, the interest of the people comes before any financial or economic consideration. Although this was a difficult decision for them to make, delivery is the safest current option. They are hoping that people will take this opportunity to support staff and enjoy this kind of high-class, inventive cuisine.
Just across the road from the Great Synagogue, Dobrumba was nearly always filled with visitors. Now, at least, you can get to enjoy their magnificent Middle-Eastern dishes in the comfort of your own home by takeaway or delivery. The menu runs, as they suggest, from the Atlas mountains to Mount Ararat, the hot and cold mezze selections including pomegranate chicken liver, and Moroccan classic harira of spiced-chickpea, lentil and vegetable soup. The Levantine roasted vegetables with a thick tahini cream is also recommended.
Representing the best of Argentinian street food, Empanada has been offering tasty treats since last autumn. This outlet on Nagymező utca will be closed for the foreseeable, but their empanadas and other treats can be delivered to your home.
The signature restaurant at the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest in the city centre has created a simple but wide-ranging menu for takeaway only, from the front desk of the hotel between noon and 8.30pm. Options include Hungarian veal paprikash, Tafelspitz with root vegetables and creamy spinach, and Wiener Schnitzel. Dishes will be prepared within 30 minutes of your order. See the menu here.
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This excellent porridge bar has also taken a stance for safety – now you can visit them for takeaway or order food to your home. Check out their Facebook page for the daily and weekly offers. Recent examples include berry-jam oatmeal, and porridge with poppy cream, fried banana, roasted almonds, fresh orange and coconut cream.
Felix Kitchen & Bar
The great location, outstanding panorama and unmatched Hungarian-fusion cuisine paired with excellent wines attracted plenty of loyal customers to Felix since its opened last year. Having to stay at home does not mean that you have to forget about this great venue either, as they accept orders from noon to 10 pm, through Netpincér and Wolt. The current menu can be perused here.
Those looking for great Vietnamese food have to say goodbye to the lovely atmosphere at Hànội Xưa for now, but delivery is being handled by Netpincér and Wolt. Noodle soups include a vit chiên with fried duck, and tái lân with garlic-fried beef. Wok-fried noodles also feature. See the menu here.
Hokedli is serious about fine and healthy cuisine, as well as social responsibility. They use a small team for home delivery to avoid risk of contact, and all the food is meat-free. Their healthy stews are the perfect option to combat illness and the anxiety of this epidemic. The dedicated team here has been planning out the best way to offer this service since the shutdown – check out their Facebook page and order the dish you fancy by noon of the previous day. Health and help are the watchwords here!
The local pioneers of celebrated Neapolitan pizzas at Igen now will bring your food to your doorstep. Although this kind of pizza is best straight out of the oven, they made sure to prepare them to taste just as good after a short trip. Those living nearby can pop in to get their margherita, marinara or mastunicola, among many others, as takeaway is also an option.
Kelet Kávézó és Galéria
The most popular of the many cafés on Bartók Béla út, the Kelet is now offering its soups, salads and sandwiches as takeaway options between 9am and 5pm. Customers are being asked to pay by card if possible. Oh, and the quality of the coffee hasn’t diminished, either!
Ono Poke Bowl Bar
The Ono Poke Bowl Bar has given local diners exotic variety ever since they introduced Hawaiian cuisine to Budapest. Order their colourful, nutritious and tasty options until 7.45pm (7.30pm Sundays) through Netpincér or Wolt. If you’re around Bartók Béla út in Buda, you can also order their dishes for takeaway.
The Padthai Wokbar has fans all over town, who would be most disappointed if they had to miss out on their versatile dishes for long. There’s no need to worry, as the wokbar has been accustomed to taking their treats to people’s homes, and will continue to do so during these challenging times as well. Home delivery and takeaway (from their outlets at Nyugati station and Kolosy tér in Óbuda) are offered 11am-10pm, while the restaurant is still operating, factoring in social distancing, from 11am to 3pm.
Pastrami up in Óbuda has also made big changes – they have created a takeaway menu, consisting of the dishes most liked by their guests. The shortened selection includes Pastrami’s best sandwiches, such as pulled pork, and Hungarian-style favourites such as Újházi chicken soup. You can order on their website and pick up your food at their address.
Vakvarjú has prepared four of its outlets for delivery – through Netpincér or their own website – but takeaway is available as well. Although with a slightly different menu, the orders will live up to the homely, comforting and traditional flavours that visitors have been used to. Home delivery (390 HUF) through the restaurant is for customers in Districts II, III, IV and XIII only. Takeaway (11am-10pm) is from the restaurant at XIII. Bessenyei utca 4-6. If you’re at home with the family, then the extensive menu here features two options – VarjúMama and VarjúPapa – for four persons each.
Youngest sibling of the extensive Brody network, The Workshop now offers immune-boosting, freshly made meals for home delivery, by calling +36 1 550 7363, sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by Facebook or through Wolt. See the current seasonal menu here and look out for daily specials on the Facebook page.
Found at the Allee shopping mall in Buda, Zing has been experimenting with delivery options for some time now. The delicious burgers – including the hulking guitar hero of a double meat patty with double cheddar – can be picked up or delivered to your door. Don’t forget a basket of Belgian fries to go with it! See all options here.