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7 best Latin-American restaurants in Budapest

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  • Péter Blazsovszky

18/02/2022 2.52pm

From Mexico to Uruguay, by way of Peru, Brazil and Argentina, come with us on a culinary tour of Latin America – while staying right here in Budapest!

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Barrio

1/7

1028 Budapest, Hidegkúti út 81

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It was only recently that we visited one of the best restaurants in Buda, Argentine-themed Barrio, at once elegant yet relaxed, modern yet homely. Amid the aromas of a wood-fired grill, Provoleta cheese is prepared in a cast-iron pan, empanades, Peruvian ceviche with tiger milk, Argentine blood sausage, aka morcipán, is served in bread, and great steaks sizzle. There are South-American wines, too. Make sure to book.

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La Casita

2/7

1092 Budapest, Knézich utca 8

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The recipes for the superb sandwiches available here are sourced from the culinary wisdom of a Uruguayan grandmother – we wrote about the tiny but very detailed world of Sarolta Bodó and Fabio Telles back in July. The varied range of empanadas and sandwiches, particularly the Hungarian empanadas and choripán sandwiches, can be followed by Martín Fierro (quince cheese and dulce de leche) that arrives in a toasted croissant or alfajor, light cornmeal pastry loaves stuffed with milk cream. La Casita is primarily a breakfast base but you can pop in for a nice snack any time of the day. It’s just as Spanish, Catalan and Hungarian as it is Uruguayan, underscored by quality, passionate preparation and value for money.

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Iguana Bar & Grill

3/7

1055 Budapest, Zoltán utca 16

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The feeling here is like a bar in Albuquerque or Phoenix, and yet you are by a main square in downtown Budapest, Szabadság tér. The founder, the late Cory Skolnik from Colorado, wanted to create an authentic Mexican restaurant in the Hungarian capital. That was back in the 1990s. Since then, classic Tex-Mex dishes have been prepared in authentic fashion at the Iguana. Burgers, tacos, burritos, quesadillas and chilis are all made from original ingredients imported from Mexico. ¡Viva México!

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Inka Grill Bisztró

4/7

1092 Budapest, Ráday utca 29

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Amid the buzz of Spanish chatter, the friendly Peruvian owners prepare fish marinated in lemon juice, pumpkin doughnuts and dishes made from purple sweetcorn… this is the Inka Grill Bisztró on restaurant-lined Ráday utca. Milagros and Carlos had been living in the Hungarian capital for some time but couldn’t find a restaurant that tasted like home, so they decided to open one. Ají de gallina (Peruvian yellow paprika chicken breast with walnut sauce, rice, boiled eggs), chicharrón de cerdo (Peruvian-style roast pork ribs) and classic ceviche are just a few options from the exciting selection.

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IPANEMA Brazilian Grill

5/7

1051 Budapest, Erzsébet tér 9-10

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Churrasco is not only a type of grilled meat but also a way of life in Brazil, particularly São Paulo. Locals gather around the glowing embers at traditional churrascarias, devouring succulent and specially seasoned meats. These you can sample at the IPANEMA Brazilian Grill restaurant, which opened in 2021 at The Ritz-Carlton Budapest right in the heart of town. You’ll also find rodízio, a fixed-price grill with a long tradition in Brazil. The beverage range is based on caipirinhas, Latin soft drinks and artisanal cocktails, South-American coffees, plus local beers and wines.

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La Movida

6/7

1074 Budapest, Dohány utca 36

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The cosmopolitan culinary offerings along Dohány utca were enhanced last year by the Latin fusion cuisine of La Movida. After the Spanish-inspired La Nube and Fuego restaurants, the owners have now brought a touch of Latin America to one of the main gastronomic arteries of District VII. The viability of the concept, based on Mexican, Peruvian, Chilean, Cuban and Argentine flavours and quality ingredients, is well illustrated by the proportion of foreign guests to Hungarians. Look out for roast lamb tacos with aubergine and yoghurt dressing, grilled vegetables, congri (Cuban black bean rice), squid ceviche and, a real favourite, original Aztec guacamole, prepared à la minute and the best in Budapest. When the kitchen closes in the evening, the chairs are taken out, the tables are pushed aside, DJs arrive and the partying begins with cocktails and dancing.

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Tereza

7/7

1065 Budapest, Nagymező utca 3

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Tereza is personified by a bohemian, warm-hearted Mexican mamita, always running around in the kitchen, her name transferred to a cosy restaurant on Nagymező utca. The menu features iconic Mexican dishes: in addition to the usual nachos, tacos and quesadillas, there are fajitas, burrito bowls and chili con carne. Of course, the Mexican atmosphere encompasses the beverages, too: tequilas, mezcals, cocktails, even Mexican wines. This is a place where you feel at home – as the sign says, ¡Mi casa es su casa!

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