Pest residents love to brag about how their side of the river holds all the good restaurants. True, there are many more dining options on the east side of the Danube. But even diehard Pest people will cross the river for a meal at Csalogány 26 (which is named for its address). The most noticeable thing in the dining room is the TV that shows what is happening live on the stovetops in the kitchen. Though the restaurant is very minimal in design, this doesn't mean that the simplicity extends into the kitchen. The menu has a mix of modern Hungarian dishes that use mostly local ingredients (like pike perch from Lake Balaton and suckling pig) and French bistro classics, with the occasional seafood dish. Ingredients are top-notch, and the best way to do dinner here is by either ordering a four-course menu (8,000 HUF, with wine pairings 10,800 HUF) or an eight-course menu (12,000 HUF, with wine pairings 16,500 HUF). The restaurant gets its fabulous goat cheese (used in desserts and on the cheese plate) from a small, biodynamic farm in the Tokaj region. It's worth trying if you have room, as this cheese is very hard to find elsewhere. The brief wine list includes lots of selections from smaller Hungarian wineries that aren't yet on the mainstream's radar. Located on a busy street, just a few blocks from the Danube and Batthyány tér, Csalogány is named for its address, making it easy to remember. Reservations are recommended.
Csalogány utca 26
Our Rating Neighborhood I. district Hours Tues–Sun noon–3pm, 7–10pm Transportation Metro: Batthyány tér (M2) Phone 1/201-7892 Prices Four-course dinner 8,000 HUF, eight-course dinner 12,000 HUF Cuisine Type Hungarian, Contemporary Web site Csalogány 26
MapCsalogány utca 26 Budapest
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