I actually only went in for a quick wee because it looked rather too fancy, but after a little perusal of the menu I decided to stay. For 4 hours. Lovely meal, serenading quartet, silver cloche-covered plates, it was great. So the next time in Budapest I went back.
It’s called the Halászbástya or the Fisherman’s Bastion and it’s located at the top of the hill on the river Danube – Buda side – overlooking the parliament buildings. A better view from your dinner table you could not wish for. And it’s like eating in a fairy palace, complete with Neo-gothic and Romanesque towers and arches (the pointy-roof round towers you drew at school for a palace).
It’s nice to spend the early evening wandering round Castle Hill first.
You need to book in advance. As the weather warms up, you have the choice of eating inside or outside on the terrace. The terrace is where we ate. 360 degrees of stunning views, from the Matthias church and its multi-coloured tiles to my left, the tower of the restaurant itself straight ahead, the Danube river and the Parliament to my right and the Chain Bridge to my rear.
Aim to get there in daylight, and watch the sun going down. The lights of Budapest show off the city beautifully in the dark. It’s one of the nicest city views around.
And the food? Yum. And surprisingly reasonable. I had lemon-spinach risotto (13€) and a gorgeous rosemary icecream desert.
On the other side of the river, there’s another lovely restaurant in the Jewish quarter called the Spinoza. There’s a (brilliant) pianist most evenings or live traditional music on a Friday night. Wine cocktails are a speciality, as is the chocolate cake. The picture says it all.
It’s nice to spend the afternoon walking round the Jewish quarter (there are self walking tours mapped out on the internet).
Details of both places are below. There are so many nice places to eat in Budapest, these are just a couple. Do you have any top tips for places to eat in this beautiful city?
Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest, Szentháromság tér 5, 1014 Hungary
Spinoza, Bp., VII. Dob utca 15.