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“Lisztin in the Aria Hotel”
Review of Liszt Restaurant

Liszt Restaurant
Ranked #763 of 3,665 Restaurants in Budapest
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Neighborhood: District V / Inner City
Description: The region’s historical dishes prepared with innovative technologies for everyday cosmopolitans. The restaurant’s name, Liszt, is a playful nod to two distinct and crucial elements of its foundation: it refers to Ferenc Liszt, one of the world’s greatest classical pianists and a renowned Hungarian musician, and its literal meaning of ‘flour,’ an important ingredient in the bread that is baked fresh on the premises. The menu at Liszt is themed around music. Appetizers are listed as ‘Prelude’ and soups are the ‘Symphony’, while the main courses are known as ‘Concerto.’ Menu items are created with fresh, local ingredients—meats, seasonal vegetables, fruits, fresh bread, dairy products, and cheeses—from farms and purveyors across Hungary, Transylvania, the Dalmatian coast and parts of modern-day Ukraine and Slovakia. Freshly baked bread, salted homemade butter, and in-house filtered water awaits all our guests, to truly arrive and prepare for the new experience.
Reviewed September 16, 2019

We had our best and most expensive dinner last night at the Liszt Etterem at the Aria Hotel, but expensive is relative in Budapest.

There are three dining rooms: a large, main room, a smaller, very intimate room, and several tables in the bar. We had our choice and opted for the bar, something out of the Emeral City of Oz. You could easily just stop for a drink here. I had the carp from Akaszto, pan fried and marinated in lordo with asperagus (4500 HUF) and Barb ordered the grilled baby chicken with roasted potato and green salad and burnt leaks (4500 huf). Each main course on the menu has a suggested wine pairing. We went with the suggestions - a Sauvignon Blanc from Etyek with the fish and a Pinot Noir from Eger - since we have been to both places. (2800 and 2200 HUF) respectively.

But wat!

What originally attracted us to the restaurant was the mushroom paprikosh which is on a smaller menu called Easy Meal, a variety of items which are smaller but not quite appitizers. We asked the water if he thought starting with that would be too much. He said "No" and we were glad we decided to overdo the meal somewhat. It was a dish of wheat noodles with mushroom paprikosh infused with grilled scallions. Fabulous! As was the carp and the chicken. They make their own bread, butter, and sparkling water which comes with the meal, and everyone we interacted with, from the waiters to the sommelier to even the hosts took the time to stop and chat. Total was 17,000, about US $60.00. A bargain, and we would return to sample a few more items.

Date of visit: September 2019
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TiborB321, Food and Beverage Director at Liszt Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 21, 2019

Dear Pjk,

Thank you for choosing Liszt Restaurant during your recent visit to Budapest and for sharing your overall positive experience and your impression of our Restaurant on TripAdvisor. I was happy to note that you enjoyed your meal with us and that is mainly contributed to the professional service extended to you by our staff and of course the great dishes prepare by our talented culinary team.
We are very proud of our bread and butter, both made in house from scratch.

We very much hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back on your next visit to Budapest.

Warm regards,
Tibor Baan

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Reviewed September 2, 2019 via mobile

In Budapest partly on business, partly pleasure - I'm a full time wildlife and landscape photographer so it's all good

On our last evening here we decided to pay a little more and had dinner here. I'm a vegetarian and, despite what people tell you, a vegetarian doesn't eat fish or the occasional bit of chicken! I train hard and look after my body so what I eat, its quality and provenance is therefore important to me. Equally I recognise my partner has an omnivorous diet so we need to find the right balance (not always easy when travelling).

The Liszt restaurant is a stones throw from St Stephen's basilica located in a bustling, sometimes hectic area full of bars, restaurants and cafés. As soon as you enter The Liszt you know you've found something a bit different. Art deco meets modern contemporary whilst retaining its Hungarian roots, and with a distinct musical theme as befits the restaurants name. The food matches the decor with a clever fusion of traditional Hungarian dishes given a fine dining twist that did not disappoint. I had the vegan scallops for my starter, and I still don't understand how the chef created such an authentic taste and mouth feel using only plant based ingredients. My partner's starter of the duckliver mousse was equally as delicious (for her you understand, I don't understand it as a veggie) as was the main - mine was a veggie take on a Hungarian paprikash using mushrooms and home-made pasta. It was perfect. Throughout the whole experience we had the good luck to listen to the resident piano player who sang and played the magnificent grand piano in the main dining area - he was superb.

The evening finished with dessert. We both had Lúdláb cake - now and then. One of the finest desserts I've ever eaten, and I'm not big on sweet things so it's got to be good before I'll eat it. A playful reimagining of a traditional Hungarian pudding, beautifully presented and created with obvious love by a chef at the top of her game. If chocolate and sour cherries are your thing then you've just found nirvana.

Only three months in since they opened and the Liszt restaurant is already a special place to eat at the Aria Hotel. This is a do not miss destination if you're in the wonderful city of Budapest.

Just make sure you leave room for the cake

Date of visit: September 2019
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TiborB321, Food and Beverage Director at Liszt Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 5, 2019

Dear Paradoxically2019,

Thank you very much for your lovely and thorough review of our restaurant. It is heartwarming to see that the décor, the ambiance and the unique authenticity was to your liking.

We are very proud, that you have found the vegetarian selections delicious and well prepared. The mushroom paprikash is also one of my favorites.
In the evenings from 16.00 to 18.00 we do have a lovely wine and cheese reception with live piano music and our talented musicians. It is also available for 25 Euros per person.

Our restaurant food concept is regional cuisine tailored for the taste of local and international travelers. The ludláb cake is prepared in two ways, “now and then” a piece of our childhood favorite dessert and a full plated dessert, presented in a modern way. We also have a similar, bread with apricot jam dessert to bring back to simple pleasures of the past.

Thank you for your kind words about our Chef and kitchen team, we have conveyed it to them already.

We hope to welcome you again next time you are in Budapest.

Best regards,
Tibor Baan

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Reviewed August 5, 2019

Nice place, very genuine, very cool, there arn't a lot tourists, but quality is high.Recommended! enjoy

Date of visit: August 2019
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TiborB321, Food and Beverage Director at Liszt Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2019

Dear Rocco P,

Thank you very much for your kind words and for recommending us to fellow travelers and locals. It is heartwarming, that you have found our restaurant genuine and cool.

We do hope to host you again soon,

Best regards,
Tibor Baan

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Reviewed May 8, 2019

The new location for the restaurant is off to the right of the main entrance and was charm personified.

The waiter was attentive and authentically Hungarian rather than offering a lot of anglicised platitudes and auto hospitality.

My choices were :-

Roast Foie Gras on a Prune Sponge Cake. There were other elements but it was all cooked to perfection full of taste and moist.

Seared Guinea Fowl on a bed of home made bacon cabbage ragout and finally. Fascinating and perfectly executed. The Guinea Fowl was tasty and succulent not dry!

Orange and Custard Chocolate Cake. To die for !!

During the evening the supervisor on duty came to check on progress and suggested a Tokai with the desert - bravissimo!

When I return to the Aria I will certainly include an evening in the Stadivari and I look forward to enjoying another fascinating evening of cooking.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Michelle J
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TiborB321, Food and Beverage Director at Liszt Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2019


Dear Michelle J,

Thank you very much for your lovely review of our restaurant. Since your visit we have created our new menu, with some real delights. One of our favorite is the “Tápla” soup, that will regularly feature on our future menus. We hope that you will visit us again to sample the new creations.

Best regards,
Tibor Baan

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Date of visit: March 2020
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