Borkonyha (Winekitchen) is a high-end restaurant in Budapest's downtown, serving a pan-European menu and over 200 types of Hungarian wines. The executive chef, Ákos Sárközi, takes traditional dishes and elevates them using inventive techniques and packing plenty of unexpected ingredients and colors on the plates.
The duck liver terrine paired with seasonal fruits and vegetables (€15) is one of Borkonyha's signature items that's been on the menu since the opening in 2010. It's a deeply flavorful starter with a creamy texture and paper-thin crackly crust. Don’t miss the ever-changing mangalica pork ("the Kobe beef of pork") dishes that taste somewhere between a strip steak and a filet mignon. Be sure to also scan the daily specials chalked on the blackboard. Although Borkonyha didn't start out as a fine dining restaurant, today it feels like one, with also offering a five-course tasting menu for the equivalent of €70 per person, not including wine pairing.
Despite a Michelin star, Borkonyha's prices aren't unreasonable for the quality and quantity on the plates (main dishes are €15-25). It's also worth nothing that among the top-tier restaurants in Budapest, it's one of the few with a relatively laid-back, comfortable atmosphere. Reservations are an absolute must.