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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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