You'll need to trek out to the outer part of District 7, a working class Budapest neighborhood, to experience the elaborate food prepared by chefs Ádám Csaba and Donát Mogyorósi at Olimpia Restaurant. Instead of a fixed menu, Olimpia uses a blackboard to present the daily-changing dishes, which vary based on seasonal ingredients. The result? Absolutely superb, especially for the prices.
Dishes might include a soft and crispy fried chicken liver with a light wasabi mayonnaise, fresh rhubarb, and zucchini. Or thinly sliced, soy-marinated mangalitsa pork perched in a corn puree bedding with a side of grilled cabbage. The list goes on. Olimpia's menu is best described as inventive Hungarian fare with Asian touches. The setting — a spartan below-ground space with less than a dozen cramped tables — is modest compared with the exquisite food experience. No linen tablecloth or gentle background music: here the food takes the center stage. Chef Csaba occasionally pops in the dining room to present a dish himself.
For the dinner tasting menu, the dishes are unknown until they arrive; the only giveaway is the ingredients listed on the blackboard. At €35, the seven-course meal is less than half of what you'd need to caugh up at comparable restaurants in downtown. Prepare yourself for a long, multi-hour meal. For a shorter feast, go for the three-course lunch prix fixe for €13. Cash only!
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