Rib-sticking Hungarian fare can be intimidating if you aren’t used to eating high-calorie, meat-heavy dishes like roasted goose liver, Mangalitsa pork chop, and wild boar stew. But if you’re up for the challenge, Kispiac Bistro is the best place in Budapest to acquaint yourself with these hefty dishes that used to crowd the dining tables of the local aristocracy's countryside estates. Kispiac sticks to the old recipes, but doing it while using high-quality ingredients.
One of the highlights here is the fall-apart tender pork belly with a crunchy, glistening crust and paired with baked potatoes and sauerkraut (€13). Also good is the roasted veal liver blanketed in a paprika-based sauce and served with a side of light mashed potatoes (€12). If you set your mind on the roast chicken (€11) or duck (€13), a half a bird will fill you up.
Kispiac is located in Budapest's financial district and also near tourist attractions like the Liberty Square and the Parliament building, meaning that price points cater to well-heeled local office workers and tourists (main dishes start at €10). Also note that the area gets deserted in the evenings, so come here for lunch rather than dinner.