Rib-sticking Hungarian countryside fare can be intimidating if you 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; just be sure to expect low post-meal productivity. Kispiac doesn’t try to reinvent old recipes, but it moves past communist-era kitchen practices and uses high-quality ingredients.

One of the highlights is the fall-apart tender roasted pork belly with a crunchy, glistening crust, and paired with baked potatoes and sauerkraut (€11). I also enjoyed the flavorful veal liver blanketed in a paprika-based sauce with a side of light potato cream (€12). If you set your mind on the roast chicken (€10) or duck (€12), a half a bird is more than enough to satiate most appetites.

Kispiac is located in Budapest's financial district, near several tourist attractions like Liberty Square and the Parliament building, meaning that price points cater to a well-heeled local office workers and tourists (main dishes start at €10). Also note that the area gets deserted in the evenings, so go here for lunch rather than dinner.

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