Baraka Restaurant

Baraka Restaurant is a favorite for people who rely only on TripAdvisor for dinner recommendations, but visitors to Budapest should know that there are other fine dining restaurants, some even with a Michelin star, that offer better-portioned dishes at more reasonable price point than Baraka. Baraka’s seasonally changing menu, helmed by Brazilian-native chef André Bicalho, blends French cuisine with notes of Asian, particularly Japanese flavors. For example, the bouillabaisse fish soup at Baraka has a crab-filled gyoza perched in it.

While it’s one of the best items on the seasonally changing tasting menu, I was left wishing, as with other dishes, for a heartier portion. In fact, some of the main courses on the tasting menu could even pass for amuse bouches, like the bite of tofu topped with coconut sorbet. Although most of the dishes are tasty and feature playful textures and visuals, some can fall short such as the foie gras, the signature fine dining dish in Budapest restaurants, which was unusually sinewy. They're also pricey: the red mullet paired with spinach and a bulgur bedding seemed excessive for €30.

American owner David Seboek runs a tight ship - Baraka's waitstaff is poised, kind, and informed. If you have to wait for your table, the cocktail bar at the entrance serves a range of top-shelf drinks. All in all, however, it's difficult to justify Baraka's steep prices: the undersized 6-course tasting menu, excluding alcohol, comes out to €100 per person including the mandatory service charges (€170 with wine pairing).