I visited Budapest for a Weekend Break to celebrate my 30th Birthday.
As a special treat as part of our trip and being the foodies that we are, we wanted to experience some Michelin starred fine dining in Budapest. We were not disappointed.
Booking the place is easy enough, just send an email ahead of time and you’ll receive a confirmation email in a couple of days. MUCH easier than getting a booking in a decent restaurant in London!
Upon entering we were greeted by the friendly staff who took our coats and seated us at our table. It was a large table that could have seated 4, one end had a windowbox seat, which was part of the wonderful décor of the whole restaurant.
Once seated, our waiter showed us the menu, highlighted the tasting menu options and then sent over the sommelier. He suggested an aperitif, which we agreed to – A wonderful Hungarian sparkling wine. I can’t recommend Hungarian wine highly enough, please see my other review on the wine tasting tour you can do if you visit Budapest.
Both my wife and I felt that the tasting menu was too much food for the evening as we were hoping to visit a few bars after dinner so decided against it. The cost for the 7 or 9 course menus were reasonable, from memory they were both under £80.
I decided to start with the Goose Liver Torte with a main course of the Saddle of Lamb. My wife began with the ‘Award Winning’ Goulash with a main course of Venison.
Once we’d picked our courses, the bread trolley arrived. I’ve never seen such a wide selection of FRESH breads available in one go, there must have been close to 20 different choices. After each type of bread was described to us, we asked for a selection of a few, all of which were outstanding. Accompanying the bread were 3 different spreads, my favourite was the pork spread.
Accompanying the meal we chose to have a glass of a Hungarian Pinot, which again was brilliant.
Prior to our dinner, arrived the Amuse bouche, which consisted of a squid dish and a cheese ball with celery foam, both of which introduced us to the chef’s style of cooking – Great!
My Goose Liver Torte was fantastic, similar (but not quite as good) as the meat fruit from Dinner by Heston. My wife’s Goulash was wonderful, the depth of flavour was unlike anything I’d ever tasted in a soup.
Onto the main. My saddle of lamb coated in breadcrumbs accompanied by the Lamb gravy, was quite possibly the best piece of lamb I’ve ever tasted. Perfectly cooked (still pink in the middle). My wife’s Venison was also fantastic. By the end of both dishes, we were both quite full so decided against dessert.
However, this wasn’t the end of the meal! They brought over the petit fours TROLLEY. Now I’ve been to many restaurants where petit fours are provided at the end of a meal, however this was something else. The selection was amazing, close to 15 different types of cake/sweet/chocolates that were all cooked in the restaurant kitchen. After asking for a small selection of a few of them, my wife and I both felt content that we hadn’t ordered dessert as this course was a dessert in itself!
Post meal – a small gift was presented to my wife as a token of the restaurant’s appreciation, which was a nice touch.
In total the bill came to around £150, which wasn’t bad at all considering the amount of food and wine we’d eaten.
If you’re into your food or celebrating a special occasion, head down to Onyx, you won’t be disappointed!
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