Macesz Bistro is a popular restaurant smack in the middle of the city’s old Jewish Quarter, today’s party district. The menu, which isn't kosher but is free of pork, is a hat-tip to the neighborhood, featuring dishes that were once popular among Budapest’s numerous Ashkenazi residents. (The building across the street is still home to the Hungarian Autonomous Orthodox Jewish Community). Macesz Bistro's high-traffic location and relatively steep price points make the restaurant especially popular among tourists.
The highlight and the most economical choice here is the five-course “Jewish” tasting menu for €30, or €50 with wine pairing. Both the egg salad starter and the matzo ball soup are good, although, annoyingly, the soup comes only with a quarter of a matzo ball. Best of all are the cholent, the classic shabbat stew of slow-cooked beans with eggs, and the flódni, a pastry layered with walnuts, poppy seeds, apple, and plum jam. Not part of the tasting menu, but also good is the updated “ludaskása,” a plate of risotto normally sprinkled with duck gizzards but here also topped with goose leg confit and foie gras (€17).
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