Macesz Bistro is a trendy Jewish-Hungarian restaurant inside Budapest's old Jewish Quarter. Part of the restaurant's menu is a hat-tip to the neighborhood, featuring dishes that were once popular among its Ashkenazi residents. (The building across the street from Macesz Bistro is still home to the Hungarian Autonomous Orthodox Jewish Community).
The culinary highlight and also the most economical choice is the five-course “Jewish” tasting menu for €29 (€45 with wine pairing). Both the egg salad starter and the matzo ball soup are decent (annoyingly, they serve only a quarter of a matzo ball). The helzel, goose intestines stuffed inside the bird’s neck skin, is tastier and prettier than it sounds, and comes with pearl barley. Best of all is the cholent, the classic Shabbat lunch dish of baked beans and eggs. The final serving is flódni, a Hungarian-Jewish layered pastry with walnuts, poppy seeds, apple, and plum jam. Outside the tasting menu, I can recommend the “Ludaskása,” a goose leg confit risotto with pan-roasted foie gras and pieces of duck gizzard (€17).
Given Macesz Bistro's high-traffic location and the relatively steep price points, most of the patrons are tourists.