Két Szerecsen Bistro

Opened almost 20 years ago, Két Szerecsen is a chic restaurant located between the stately Andrássy Avenue and the Jewish Quarter’s main artery, Király Street, occupying a precious piece of no man’s land. The bustling space is crammed with tables which receive plenty of natural light thanks to the oversized windows.

As if Két Szerecsen tried to please all tastes, its menu spans across an array of cuisines. For example, Moroccan lamb shoulder paired with couscous, Thai green curry with prawn, and Hungarian chicken paprikash appear side-by-side on the long menu. The dishes have been fine-tuned over the years, although they're far from fine dining-level and also somewhat overpriced (price points reflect the place's tourist-heavy crowds).

My favorite meal at Két Szerecsen ("two Saracens" in Hungarian, named after the formerly so called side street) is breakfast. The highlights are the Viennese breakfast featuring sausages with horseradish and mustard, and, if you're feeling less adventurous, the sizeable mushroom omelette which arrives with fried bacon and sour cream. The “Hungarian peasant” dish with cold cuts and a cottage-based spread (körözött) left me a bit underwhelmed. Advance booking is recommended.