Not only Budapest has restaurants that offer gastronomical specialities anymore. Many rural cities have restaurants, bistros, confectionaries with menus listing both traditional dishes and local delicacies.
There is a gastro-revolution happening, with new generation restaurants opening up in more and more places. While it may have started in downtown Budapest, other Hungarian cities are closely following, by providing professional services that live up to European standards. Street food, food trucks and new-wave cafés are thriving, according to Helló Vidék.
The annual Dining Guide TOP100 has listed the best rural restaurants in Hungary for 2020, here is the list:
In 2019 the restaurant got a new English chef. The restaurant now has a more direct feel, and the concept has loosened up. It has a fine dining menu but also offers simpler meals. There is also a six-seat chef table, from which guests can view how the food is made. Critiques suggest trying their ramen and gourmet hamburger.
Last year the place could not make the list despite being one of the best restaurants in the city. The family business’s menu has a hint of international tastes but lists many Hungarian traditional dishes with modern twists as well.
The restaurant was opened in 2017 and represents the contemporary kitchen of Zala, as well as Göcsej and Őrség. They bring authentic rural fine dining to the table, known for colourful serving and the use of many vegetables. They also pay careful attention to an extensive wine range.
The restaurant was reformed in 2019 but maintained its laid back elegance and playful thinking. They moved up a place on the list since last year. Their kitchen is a mix of traditional Hungarian dishes and fine dining. The food is not only delicious but is pleasing to the eyes as well.
The Dining Guide lists the bistro as the best on the Northern shore of Lake Balaton. They serve simple but carefully prepared Hungarian dishes with a modern understanding. They pay attention to using local and Hungarian ingredients and see using regional ingredients as one of their main goals.
The restaurant was also awarded for its sustainability this year. Last year they got 7th place. They have many vendors from nearby areas but also grow their own vegetables and fruit in their own garden. They serve foods with pumpkin seed oil, pumpkins, buckthorn and venison.
“Free villager gourmet kitchen,” is how this gastronomical hotspot of Villány can be described. Amazing, simple, but carefully prepared and made dishes await those who decide to dine here. Their menu is changing seasonally and is accompanied by their best wines.
Kistücsök has been a staple of the lists since the gastro-revolution started, and is one of the oldest and most famous ones. They got 17th place on the national list. They represent the contemporary Hungarian kitchen. They have a unique wine menu. They also make sure to get as many ingredients from local producers as possible.
They remained in second place and got 15th place on the national top 20. The menu has an Asian feel to it but keeps up with other worldwide trends as well. More and more of their ingredients are from their own garden. Their desserts have gotten significantly better recently too.
The restaurant that has been in first place for years also got the award for Rural Restaurant of the Year at the Dining Guide’s award ceremony this year and placed 13th on the national list. The top-quality Italian ingredients, the home-pickled vegetables and home-made syrups make a unique but delicious menu.