Ildikó Konyhája – Great Hungarian Food in Budapest on a Budget

Less than a minutes walk from the Chain Bridge on the Buda side of the river, you will find the best value Hungarian food restaurant. Ildikó konyhája (Ildiko’s Kitchen) is a small restaurant close to the apartment I stayed at in Budapest. It is owned, managed and the food is cooked by a local family. From the outside, it looks like a humble and basic place but everyone comes here for the food.

I liked the atmosphere and relaxed but fast service of this great little place. Its rustic, traditional and quite kitsch and it makes you feel really comfortable. The price and size of the portions were the best I found in Buda and all of the food on the menu was traditional Hungarian fare. The perfect place to grab a meal after a day of sightseeing.

Ildiko Konyhaja

Ildiko’s Kitchen street sign

I walked through the door and was greeted straight away and taken to a table at the right hand side next to the small brick wall separating the dining area from the kitchen. There were customers at all of the tables and people were chatting and looked relaxed. I looked around and felt like I was in a Hungarian home. Textiles and pots adorned the walls. There were Hungarian phrases and traditional photos and paintings hung around the room.

Traditional interior Ildiko Konyhaja

Traditional decoration

Traditional decor at Ildiko Konyhaja

Traditional interior with kitchen utensils

Hungarian Menu at Ildiko Konyhaja

Chalkboard Menu in Hungarian

Traditional decor at Ildiko Konyhaja

Very kitsch décor. Every restaurant needs a ceramic pig!

After I got a local beer, I managed to take some photos of the dining space (as people left so they didn’t feel stalked while eating!). It was a small space but didn’t feel cramped. The tables were spaced out enough to be private and there were enough seats to serve six tables of people. I always think its a good test of a place if a lot of people speak the local language and know the owner. This place had a good few people in from the local area.

Small restaurant with a few tables

Small restaurant with a few tables

Looking at the menu, I found some great Hungarian options at very budget friendly prices. I decided on the beef stew with dumplings. It was prepared fresh and didn’t take long to be at my table. Main meals here are either small or large options and cost between 360 HUF/1.15 Euro and 1950 HUF/6.20 Euros. Desserts were 350-450 HUF/1-2 Euros and worth it!

English Menu at Ildiko Konyhaja

English Menu at Ildiko Konyhaja

At Ildiko Konyhaja

A day of sightseeing made me ready for stew and beer!

Hungarian Beef Stew and Dumplings at Ildiko Konyhaja

Hungarian Beef Stew and Dumplings at Ildiko Konyhaja

It was a good sized portion and the beef stew was flavoursome and filling. Real comfort food which I was looking for after a long day of walking and climbing up to Buda World Heritage site. I was encouraged to try a dessert. I don’t take much encouragement! I opted for the traditional Hungarian sponge. The best decision I made that day!

Hungarian Sponge Cake and Cream at Ildiko Konyhaja

Hungarian Sponge Cake and Cream

This dessert was delicious. I recommend it to anyone visiting Hungary. Its a mix of sponge, chocolate, a creamy custard layer and some chopped nuts with cream on top. It was the best sweet end to a great value meal.

Dessert at Ildiko Konyhaja

Don’t leave any evidence! Great dessert

Have you visited Ildikó Konyhája? Does this sound like a good option for you and your budget?

Disclaimer: I was hosted as a blogger by Ildikó Konyhája and received my meal for free but my opinions as always are my own and this is a genuine recommendation


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