Padron Budapest

Padron is a small tapas bar in Budapest's Palace Quarter, situated on a tranquil side street. The restaurant exhibits the usual signs of a busy family-run enterprise, with the mother taking orders, the son serving food, and the father behind the bar on many days. Apart from a selection of dry-cured Spanish hams, there are two dozen or so tapas, which is what you're here for.

The best ones include the namesake Padron peppers (€2), the garlic and chili shrimp (gambas pil-pil; €6), the blood sausage (morcilla; €6), the notably excellent piquillo peppers stuffed with cheese-infused béchamel, and the lamb shoulder topped with goat cheese (espaldilla de cordero; €7). There's a selection of Spanish wines and beers. Note that Padron, which is open for dinner only, fills up quickly, so be sure to book in advance.

Once here, it's worth roaming around the neighborhood, especially Krúdy, Reviczky, and Ötpacsirta Streets, lined with beautiful pre-war buildings. Padron's street was known as "little Vatican," because the Catholic Church owned a lot of the real estate before the communist era; this is once again the case today, that's why it's so quiet here at night.

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