Trip101 is pleased to introduce Múzeum Café and Restaurant, which is one of the oldest places to relax and dine in Budapest, Hungary. This establishment offers authentic Hungarian food, exceptional service and gives you an opportunity to experience and embrace history whilst dining. If you’re planning a visit to Budapest, then this one-of-a-kind place has to be on your agenda. As you will definitely need to stop and eat, why not embrace culture and local cuisine in a place that’s been around since 1885? If you’re still not sure and/or want to find out more, let us at Trip101 take you on a virtual journey with manager Zoltan Budai and chef Fernc Kover (who made our time at this establishment a 10 out of 10 experience).
Over 100 years old and still stunning
As you enter Múzeum Café and Restaurant at Múzeum krt. 12, 1088, you will feel like you’re being transported to another time period. The establishment is over 100 years old and has Old World charm written all over it. It is located within an incredibly beautiful building with high ceilings, exquisite ceiling art and stunning chandeliers. From the Venetian glass room divider to the porcelain tiled walls and the wood paneling, you will be blown away by its beautiful interior. Much of the original décor has remained and it really does feel a bit like a time travel when you’re inside. The café and restaurant consists of three sections that are open and connect from one to another; one of the sections can be made more private for special events and occasions. The central section has a stunning piano and in the evenings a local pianist comes to entertain guests and even takes requests. The tables within the entire café and restaurant are well spaced out and create a peaceful atmosphere. The tables are covered with fine linen, glassware and crockery.
Flavours that balance out perfectly
Upon being seated, the wonderful wait staff will enquire if you understand one of the eight languages in which its menu has been translated. You will then receive the menu, which whilst not large, certainly has something in each course that would excite your palate. From the starters in the menu, we recommend the Chef’s salad which was a mixed salad with Tokay vinaigrette, vegetables, fruits and goat cheese (for 3400 HUF/12 USD) or the grilled goat cheese camembert, mixed salad with white balsamic vinegar and purple onion jam (for 2,600 HUF/9 USD). Both salads taste absolutely divine and are made from the freshest of ingredients. The Tokay vinaigrette in the first salad and the purple onion jam in the second help to balance out the strong goat cheese in both salads and create an additional dimension of flavors, which makes these dishes stand out.
Generous, hearty and homely authentic dishes
Moving onto the main meal, Múzeum Café and Restaurant is known for serving hearty Hungarian dishes with a twist. Hungarian cuisine is all about bold and distinctive flavors and the usage of local paprika, onion, garlic and certain types of cheeses. For most vegetarians, having a chance to sample such authentic dishes can be hard to find as most popular Hungarian food is made with meats such as pork, beef, venison and lamb. Múzeum Café and Restaurant, however, has conjured up a dish which allows vegetarians to also savor local cuisine. This dish is called the vegetarian trilogy and consists of stuffed tomatoes, roasted vegetables and creamy Hungarian lecso (stew) and rice dumplings (3,400 HUF/12 USD). This dish, whilst appearing simple, is actually a stand-out meal. The flavors are bold and the seasoning is on point throughout each component of the dish and has an overall warm and homely feel to it. The portion sizes of the main meals are enormous and definitely great value for money.
You won't be able to resist the showstopper desserts
The final course being the desserts is a really triumphant moment during a dining experience at Múzeum Café and Restaurant. This is because each and every dessert is a showstopper in its own right and the choices available will certainly leave you deliberating for at least 10 minutes. Perhaps the roasted fruits in peppery mimosa honey with citrus and vanilla ice cream (for 1,800 HUF/6 USD) take your fancy? Alternatively, perhaps you would be more templated by the homemade strudel with cinnamon whipped cream and a floating island froth (for 1,400 HUF/5 USD) or the chocolate soufflé with red stone fruits (for 1,700 HUF/6 USD)? It’s a tough choice, that’s for sure. As you can see from the photograph, we at Trip101 felt it was necessary to try the Dessert Trio (for 1,900 HUF/7 USD) as it consisted of the Somlo trifle, homemade strudel and yoghurt sweet cheese mousse. Each of these desserts are outstanding and if you’re a dessert person, well, you definitely need to make sure that you save room for this course at Múzeum Café and Restaurant.
Highly recommended experience
A glance of this establishment from its exterior and interior would lead one to believe that Múzeum Café and Restaurant is only available for those that can afford a lavish affair in a top class dining establishment; however, this is definitely not the case as the pricing in this eatery is truly surprising as it is so much more affordable than one would initially envisage. It’s a real gem of a place and we have to implore anyone visiting Budapest to eat and drink here. We also have to say that a very big thank you to Zoltan Budai and his team who offer outstanding and faultless service to all of their guests and ensure that all visitors have a memorable visit.
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