Zsidai Group ready to go as restrictions eased
Better dining is one advantage of restaurants lockdown
The fortunate six to get straight back into action were Jamie Oliver’s Italian and 21 Hungarian Kitchen in the World Heritage Buda Castle District, Spíler Buda at MOM Park, Spíler and the newly opened Jamie Oliver’s Diner in the Gozsdu Courtyard, and ÉS Bisztró at the Kempinski Corvinus Hotel.
This is what diners will find at these outlets:
Jamie Oliver’s Italian
Buda Castle, 1014 Budapest Szentháromság utca 9-11
Jamie Oliver’s Italian Buda Castle is the British chef and restaurateur’s first venture in Central Europe, in the historic Castle District. The restaurant is spacious and full of light, the perfect place to enjoy a meal with friends or family or stop in for a drink at the end of the day – both indoor and outdoor.
The unique menu is packed with Jamie’s Italian classics, artisan pizzas, craft beer and plenty of exceptional local and Italian wines. The guests can enjoy the food and the nice weather outdoors on the restaurant’s spacious terrace or, fully vaccinated, inside the spacious interior. Artisan ice-cream is also available.
21 Hungarian Kitchen
1014 Budapest, Fortuna utca 21
Hungarian cuisine from the “good old days” gets a modern update at 21. The dishes maintain all the rich flavours of their original preparations but here they are lighter, celebrating fresh ingredients from the farmer’s market. This is an old-fashioned, quality Hungarian restaurant re-imagined through a modern lens. A nice, cozy terrace allows diners to enjoy the 21 menu under big parasols, and an airy interior awaits those guests who qualify.
1123 Budapest, MOM Park, Alkotás utca 53
With its rock-and-roll design and excelling dishes, this MOM Park eatery has become a favourite of locals in Buda. The menu features some succulent meat and grill dishes, healthy fresh salads and bowls. On the drink list there is a nice selection of wines from Hungary. The terrace is spacious and gets a good amount of sunlight during the day. It is a fine place to relax in Buda and enjoy some good food. Artisan ice-cream is also available.
1075 Budapest, Király utca 13 (Gozsdu courtyard)
A favourite among downtown locals, the iconic Spíler serves up street food and Hungarian microbrews against the animated backdrop of the restaurant and bar, located in the hugely popular Gozsdu Court.
Spíler has a terrace with a nice roof, which can be opened as well. You are safe here, even if the weather is not so great, because the outdoor area can also be heated.
Jamie Oliver’s Diner
1075 Budapest Király utca 13 (Gozsdu courtyard)
New concept here! The next Zsidai venue in the Gozsdu courtyard transports diners back to a time when burgers seemed to be as big as people’s heads and straws were for blowing bubbles and slurping as loudly as possible. The restaurant is a super-relaxed space that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The vibrant terrace area overlooks the Gozsdu courtyard and a well-chosen soundtrack helps set the world to rights over margaritas, cloudy lemonade or a rum-spiked milkshake.
1052 Budapest, Deák Ferenc utca 12
Located inside the Kempinski Hotel, which has a terrace on “Fashion Street”, ÉS Bisztró is a comfortable brasserie-wine bar-pub with its welcoming terrace to relish classic Hungarian and Viennese dishes, grilled meats and fish. It’s a top choice for Sunday family lunches. (And by the way, ÉS means “and” in Hungarian.)
The Zsidai Group’s other outlets are also ready for a full post-pandemic return to normal:
Like ÉS Bisztró, ÉS Deli is inside the Kempinski Hotel. ÉS Deli is inspired by New York fixtures and is a quick-casual dining concept bringing together specialty coffee, just-baked pastries and gourmet sandwiches. Health-conscious diners will appreciate specialties such as Bircher muesli and made-to-order fruit and vegetable juices. ÉS Deli is open every day of the week except Sunday.
Spíler Shanghai Secret Bar
1075 Budapest, Király utca 13 (Gozsdu courtyard)
This cool event venue, again in the Gozsdu courtyard, is available for private and company parties – with an exceptional kitchen and drink selection. Spíler Shanghai Secret Bar is the home of great conversations and big parties until late night. The eye-catching Asia-inspired interior has a large bar counter and two connectable rooms suitable for up to 120 people.
Fortuna utca 14. 1014 Budapest (Buda Castle)
Pierrot is a refined yet comfortable and relaxed, friendly Hungarian restaurant located in a 13th-century bakery house and has been a culinary landmark for 39 years. The menu features contemporary interpretations of real Hungarian specialities made from the best ingredients. The restaurant often hosts weddings and smaller private parties in its iconic garden or inside.
Pierrot is open for events and weddings despite being closed for a la carte dining.
1014 Budapest, Fortuna utca 3 (Buda Castle)
An important gastronomic institution honouring Grandma’s home-style kitchen for several decades, using the best ingredients with love and care. They only carry Hungarian wines rich with personality and like to highlight those special bottles that are the territory of true wine aficionados.
1014 Budapest, Hess András tér (Buda Castle)
Sit just metres away from Matthias Church with a coffee or Hungarian craft beer at this alfresco café-bistro surrounded by the chestnut trees of Hess András Square.
1014 Budapest, Országház utca 31
Baltazár is a Hungarian grill and wine bar with a warm, friendly, understated atmosphere. A haunt for a coffee, a glass of wine, a nice meal or just for lounging. The kitchen promises honest and authentic ingredients prepared to perfection in the handmade Josper charcoal grill. The wine bar claims the best selection from the Carpathian Basin.
1061 Budapest Andrássy út 22 – Hajós utca 6.
Tucked inside the iconic Milos Ybl-designed Hungarian State Opera House, Opera Café awaits reopening after ongoing renovation for an equally grand pre- or post-performance stop. Salads, pastas, sandwiches, wine and specialty coffee are all savoured against a glamorous ambiance.
Opera Café is closed due to the Opera House’s renovation.