Padron Budapest

Padron is a small tapas bar within Budapest's Palace Quarter, situated on a charming 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. Padron is open only for dinner and it 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 real estate here 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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