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“Very good dining experience”
Review of Margal Restaurant - CLOSED

Margal Restaurant
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: District VII / Jewish Quarter
Reviewed October 9, 2011

Small intimate and atmospheric place with attentive service. Having dined in some of the best places in the world and living a few doors down from one place voted "best restaurant in the world" by Restaurant Magazine, this place was never going to be judged on those lines. But what a pleasant surprise! Good, throughtfully prepared food and an excellent Hungarian wine list (our wine was so good we ordered a second bottle!) and great service. So - what's stopping me giving this 5? Unfortunately, it's the solely Hungarian cuisine. Taking Hungarian dishes up to Michelin fine dining is like taking a Trabant to be a Rolls Royce - you're kind of caught in a dead end. Still, I would have no hesitation in recommending this place to any epicurian traveller!

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Reviewed August 8, 2011

It's hard to be objective because it's probably my favourite restaurant in Budapest.
In the past it was called "Ráspi", Ráspi is a nickname of one of the best winemaker in Hungary. About one year ago the chef and Ráspi decided to "divorce", since then the restaurant is called "MárGál", according to the name of the chef Attila Gál.

I would not mean any concrete food to try, because they are changing the menu often, since they have so called gourmet wednesday where they present different foods (not in the regulary menu) with excellent wines. The kitchen isn't international > more traditional Hungarian materials (wild garlic, grey cattle, goat chese, sweat water shrimps from Hungary etc.) used, but the foods are "revised". On the other hand don't except big portions, this is more about tasting more Hungarian gourmet specialities, but don't be afraid, I've never left the restaurant with hunger.

Wines: you can try special Hungarian wines you don't get in regular restaurants (even if it's about a popular one), for instance wines from Hungarian winemakers abroad, from the historical Hungary. One example: the wines of Bott Frigyes you have to taste.

Pictures: I don't have any, but you can find a lot on the website.

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3  Thank NeoBudapest
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Reviewed June 30, 2011

Very nice little restaurant near the Great Boulevard. First we tried it for lunch as they have gourmet lunch menus for €3.6(!) The food was absolutely amazing and for this price is was a gift really! We came back for dinner the other day. Fantastic food again. We liked the atmosphere of the place. It is not a trendy minimal style place rather like grandma's dining room. Wine card is also very professional and everything can be ordered by the glass. This place deservedly has many awards and we recommend it sure enough!

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Reviewed June 10, 2016
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