Wine fans will love Budapest for the chance of sampling the many, often nearly unpronounceable, local varietals. And Borkonya (which translates as "Wine Kitchen") is a must-visit in Budapest for its well-designed wine list and menu, which has some of the finest creative and contemporary Hungarian cuisine in Budapest. In 2014 it became the third restaurant in Hungary to be awarded a Michelin star. The menu changes frequently, but the signature foie-gras appetizer is always offered, though the accompaniments vary with the season. The secret to this irresistible dish? It's wrapped in strudel dough before sautéing, giving it a caramel-like crispiness on the outside, but keeping the middle tender. This is a great place to sample the special Hungarian heritage Mangalitsa pork, if it's on the menu. Zoltán Kalocsai, one of the duo behind Borkonyha, previously worked in the wine business, and he's made sure that the wine selection here is varied, extensive, and with a good mix of small local wineries. Of the more than 200 types of wine on the list, about a quarter are offered by the glass, and the servers and sommeliers are well versed and eager to make recommendations. Compared to eating at Budapest's other Michelin-starred restaurants, Onyx and Costes, a meal at Borkonyha is much more casual. Borkonyha has gained a loyal following in the past few years, and it's got a central location near the Basilica, so do make reservations.
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Our Rating Neighborhood V. district Hours Mon–Sat noon–midnight Transportation Metro: Deák tér (M1, M2, M3) or Bajcsy Zsilinszky út (M1) Phone 1/266-0835 Prices Main courses 2,550 HUF–7,150 HUF Cuisine Type Hungarian, Contemporary Web site Borkonyha
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