Hanna is a glatt kosher meat restaurant operated by the Hungarian Autonomous Orthodox Jewish Community inside Budapest's old Jewish Quarter. Since the restaurant is 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 Budapest's nightlife, teeming with cafés, bars, and restaurants.
The menu consist of traditional Ashkenazi fare, think matzo ball soup, alongside Hungarian classics like the goulash. Although you can run into tasty plates like the simple "Jewish" egg 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. Hanna's adorably cranky waiters are also holdouts from a previous generation, but these elements together offer a journey back in time that’s worth experiencing.
For the liveliest atmosphere, go for a Sabbath dinner on Friday. It's a set four-course meal with complimentary challah bread and Kiddush wine, interspersed with chants of blessings and singing by the orthodox Jewish patrons, who arrive here after service in the neighboring synagogue. Note that guests must prepay the meal before 2 p.m. on Friday; it costs €20 per person.