Babel is a Michelin-starred restaurant in the heart of Budapest's downtown offering a memorable fine dining experience. The hushed, dim, comfortably elegant dining room has only a dozen tables, all set with white linen. The oversized windows overlook the neighboring Gothic cathedral, bathed in soft light.
Swedish celebrity chef Daniel Berlin fine-tuned the menu for Babel's post-pandemic reopening, while the day-to-day kitchen duties are carried out by a quintet of talented young local chefs. The 14-course tasting menu draws inspiration from Hungarian classics and there's also no shortage of exquisite ingredients such as foie gras and black caviar and truffles. There are many dishes to be struck by; for me the standout was the fish soup, made with tender sturgeon (in days of yore, they used to swim up the Danube all the way here from the Black Sea) and the updated Esterházy cake. Service is impeccable, living up to the exacting standards Babel is known for.
The tasting menus runs €180 per person or €250 with wine pairing, which comprises Hungarian-only white wines, many from the famous Tokaj region. Babel is currently the priciest of Budapest's Michelin-starred restaurants, but also one that offers an all-around, two-star experience (despite having only one Michelin star currently).
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