Hungarian countryside fare can be intimidating for those who aren’t used to eating high-calorie, heavy dishes like pork knuckles or wild boar stew. But if you’re up for the challenge, Kispiac Bistro is the best place in Budapest to acquaint yourself with these hearty, traditional dishes (expect low post-meal productivity). While Kispiac doesn’t try to reimagine old recipes or add new ingredients, it moves past socialist-era kitchen practices and uses high-quality ingredients.
One of the highlights is the fall-apart tender roasted pork belly exhibiting a crunchy, glistening crust, and paired with morsels of baked potatoes and sauerkraut. I also enjoyed the flavorful veal liver blanketed in a paprika-based sauce and paired with a light potato cream. If you set your mind on the roast chicken or duck, a half bird is more than enough to fill you up.
Kispiac is located in Budapest's financial district, not far from several tourist attractions (Liberty Square and the House of Parliament), which means that its price points cater to a well-heeled clientele (main dishes start at €10). The area gets deserted in the evening, so it's better to go for lunch rather than dinner.