Hanna is a glatt kosher restaurant operated by the Autonomous Orthodox Jewish Community of Hungary in District 7. Since it's buried within the fortress-like edifice of the congregation, most locals have never encountered Hanna, even though the surrounding area is currently the center of the Budapest party scene teeming with cafés, bars, and restaurants. Orthodox Jews visiting Budapest, however, are often better informed and they fill the restaurant most nights.
The food selection consists of traditional Jewish dishes like matzo ball soup alongside Hungarian staples like chicken paprikash goulash. Although one can run into decent plates like the simple "Jewish eggs" salad appetizer (egg spread with onions, goose fat, and goose liver), most dishes are prepared in that typical 1980s Hungarian style where quantity trumps flavor and presentation.
For the best experience and liveliest atmosphere it's best to go for a Sabbath dinner on Friday (guests need to pay in advance €20 per person before 2 p.m. on Friday). It's a four-course meal supplemented by challah bread and Kiddush wine, and filled with chants of blessings and singing. The majority of patrons are orthodox Jews, who come over from the neighboring synagogue following Shabbat service.
As for the service, the occasionally cranky waiters at Hanna are holdouts from a previous generation. Nevertheless, all of these elements together lend a unique air to Hannah that’s worth experiencing.