Mangalica Mennyország

The refurbished Klauzál Market Hall in Budapest's old Jewish Quarter is a far cry from the thriving food court inside its sister location on Hold Street. But amid the shuttered storefronts and bland grocery store chains, there are a couple of self-service eateries here serving low-priced and tasty Hungarian food. One of those places is Mangalica Mennyország (the other is Marika Lángos Sütője on the upper deck).

The name of Mangalica Mennyország ("Mangalitsa Heaven") is a bit misleading, because few of the dishes come with the famed breed of Hungarian mangalitsa pork, known for its curly hair, juicy fat, and steep prices. Instead, what the place excels at is serving a respectable two-course lunch prix fixe for only €6. I usually get a soup followed by a roast sausage with a side of mustard, or a vegetable stew ("főzelék") topped with a sunny-side up egg. The vegetarian option, fried camembert with roasted vegetables, is surprisingly good for a place that prides itself on meat dishes. Cash only!

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