The Budapest Business Journal, with its prominent track record spanning nearly three decades, has always seen it as one of its goals to provide readers with a comprehensive overview of the best gastronomic venues across Hungary.
Our Fine Restaurants magazine, first published in 2004, has long been one of the most reliable guides regarding the finest culinary destinations both in the capital and the countryside. The publication aims at informing locals, expats, and visitors alike in terms of the most recent developments on the Hungarian gastro scene. It is also important to note that our publication features a number of restaurants which are currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. We believe it is extremely important to support the catering industry in its efforts to survive the virus, and reopen successfully. But decisions of whether or not to close will also change over time; therefore, we suggest our readers contact their venue of choice prior to visiting to make sure that the restaurant is open, and under what conditions.
The editorial section of this year's edition of Fine Restaurants takes a closer look at the year's highlights and helps readers in picking the best venue for each occasion, be it a business lunch, a weekend brunch, or a winding-down session with a cocktail or two at one of the capital's most exciting bars. Michelin-starred restaurants and exciting new openings are both featured in order to satisfy every lover of the culinary arts. For the first time ever, our guide features the capital's best Asian restaurants in a dedicated section.
We also like to offer our readers a glimpse behind the scenes, looking at the latest trends in Hungary, while offering guidance with the help of some of the most influential expat CEOs in the country, who share their thoughts regarding topics such as theirf avourite restaurant for a business meeting, their favourite Hungarian dish, and their top choice of domestic wine.
Finally, our Special Offers section lists the best restaurants worth visiting for adventurous diners. We hope you will enjoy reading the latest edition of our publication and visiting the places recommended by us.
-A New Era in Culinary Excellence
-The Essence of Budapest in a Glass
-Great Venues for Culinary Adventures in Budapest
-Ultimate Venues for Sealing a Great Deal
-The Best Pairings of Food and Wine
-Brunch Spots for a Sunday Getaway
-The Best of Asian Restaurants
"Over the past decade, the diversity of types of cuisine from which to choose has grown spectacularly, and that process did not stop this year. Besides a number of haute cuisine and traditional Hungarian-style establishments, there is now an abundance of high-end cocktail bars, Asian restaurants, and excellent locations for a business or Sunday brunch. The variety of these places now easily rivals the selections on offer in many European metropolises, with new venues popping up every month despite the pandemic. Naturally, our publication also takes a look at the best pairings of food and wine as well, and those looking for tips for business-compatible dining places may find answers to their questions from some of the most important expat business leaders in Hungary in our CEOs’ Favourites section. And so, dear reader, we would like to wish you a pleasant journey among the finest restaurants Hungary has to offer, and we hope that you will find what you are looking for when consulting this year’s Fine Restaurants, be that a place to have a fine dinner, a business meal, a weekend getaway, or simply a family dinner."
CEO, ABB Hungary
"For me, Bistro Déryne is an ideal place for a business breakfast or lunch, and sometimes even for a gathering with good friends just
for good food and atmosphere. To mention a couple more locations, Fricska Gastropub on Dob utca is a wonderful spot with
their lunch menus, and a third one would be Dunapark, due to the diverse menu and good location from the Váci Corridor..."
Managing Director, Arval Hungary
"Wine is part of my [French] culture, as it is for Hungarian people, I guess. For white wine, I appreciate Furmint, especially in
the summer, as well as the wines from Villány. For red wines, I have never been deceived by St. Andrea or Sauska. I recommend these when having dinner with friends or colleagues from abroad..."
CEO, Lufthansa Technik Budapest
"I am exploring the Balaton area as much as I can. I have two favourites there that I can recommend: The MI A KŐ in Köveskàl and a really hidden place, the Mimi in Balatonlelle, placed in the middle of vineyards..."
"To be honest, I have two. One is csirkepaprikás with a cucumber salad and the other is lecsó with egg..."
Managing Director, BMW Group Hungary
"My favourite one in the capital is Felix Kitchen & Bar..."
"Goulash and Szeged fish soup, followed by golden baked pastry with walnuts, vanilla sauce and salted caramel..."