First, let me say that I have not always been a believer in concierge's. Often, not always, their incentive is to send guests to touristy locales or places where they personally given "incentives."
But when posed with the task of finding some special &/or off the beaten path experiences for foodies celebrating a special occasion, these concierges rose to the task.
A beautiful night, wonderful service, interesting menu, beautiful presentations and above all, fabulous flavors made Mokka, near St. Stephen's Basilica, a perfect choice for a birthday celebration. Not traditional fare but a blend of Hungarian and French cuisine with Asian influences.
For upscale, traditional Hungarian cuisine with live music and elegant service just off the popular Vaci utca boulevard:
Just down the street from Rezkakas, you'll find a more homey and personal, yet sophisticated Hungarian menu ,seek out the nearby Sercli. A new restaurant at the corner of Nyary Pal utca and Veres Palne utca, where you can sample exotic dishes such as wild boar soup, garlic catfish and rosemary lamb with speatzel in a bright and breezy location.
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Another popular and outstand ing suggestion which still has trendy, contemporary appeal is Cafe Kor:
We stopped in to a beautiful courtyard at the Buda Castle for a wonderful light lunch at a cafe which turns out to be a popular dinner house too. We had a fantastic salad, Mediterranean Chicken Breast (stuffed with goat cheese & roasted peppers, wrapped in bacon, with a creamy basil sauce and ruccola-potatoes...yum) at Cafe Rivalda:
One more suggestion for a newer, more intimate Mediterranean style eatery with live music located near , St Stephen's on a corner of oktober 6 utca to come when I can locate the name.
Also, for us chowhounds that enjoy the local food markets when traveling as much as the fashionable shops, you must check out Great Market Hall (Központi Vásárcsarnok) to see the local colors and tastes offerred to the residents. It's magic for the eyes.
What a wonderful city to visit!!! Enjoy!