Welcome back to another recount from my wonderful vacation in Budapest.
This time, I want to talk about one of my favorite things, FOOD!
As a vegetarian, it was difficult to find traditional, yet meatless, Hungarian meals in Budapest.
Although meat is a must for Hungarian cuisine, Sebastian and I were able to find several delicious vegetarian restaurants in Budapest.
We ate at Govinda Vegetarian Restaurant and Salad Bar twice during our week-long vacation.
With an alle carte buffet, the dishes change daily. You can either order a set meal or just pick and choose from what’s on offer. The first time we ate at Govinda, Sebastian and I shared the Indian buffet for two.
We received two curries, one with mixed vegetables and one with potatoes and eggplant, saffron rice, dal, a samosa, two tempura eggplant slices, 1 roti, 1 parantha, two chutneys and two mango lassies.
Wow, were we stuffed!
This meal was so good that we came back once more before leaving Hungary. Although I didn’t get a photo of the meal, everything the second time around was different but equally as delicious!
Another favorite restaurant was Hummus Bar.
As the name suggests, this place does hummus and does it well.
Sebastian and I both opted for a hummus plate. He had a beer with his meal and I went for a mint lemonade which was really refreshing on such a hot day.
I couldn’t decide which toppings to get with my hummus plate so went for the option that offered everything. My favorite toppings were the falafel and spiced kidney beans.
The plates were served with hot pita bread. Needless to say, we left this meal feeling very full and happy.
My friend, Josh, would love Budapest because every restaurant seemed to have a comprehensive menu of Belgian beers. If you’re not up for the high alcohol content, don’t worry, you can always get a coke, juice or water.
Fruit stalls are spotted all over the city, especially near main train stations and metro stops.
One of the more decadent (read expensive) treats I had while in Budapest was a fancy gelato.
Fancy because it was formed into the shape of a rose.
It looked and tasted great.
The main food attraction in Budapest has to be the Great Market Hall.
With produce, meat, fish, grains and spices, this building has been a a one-stop shop for fresh food since the early 1900s.
On the second floor of the market hall, across from the textiles, you can find the food stalls.
It was here that I had my one and only “traditional Hungarian” meal, a langos.
Basically a deep-fried dough topped with sour cream and cheese, this may be traditional, but I found it disgusting.
Sorry, Hungary, but I simply couldn’t eat this.
Oh well, being in new places is all about trying new things. I’m glad I tried a langos, but am happy to never eat one again.
Luckily, there was lots of beautiful fresh fruits and vegetables to drool over.
Wandering through the isles of produce was a great way to get to know the food culture of Hungary.