If you’re looking to try traditional Hungarian food in a restaurant away from the crowded downtown streets, Regős Vendéglő can be a good option. Despite its offbeat location, however, the crowd here actually consist mainly of tourists who’ve discovered Regős through TripAdvisor and concierge recommendations, leading to higher price points and less “local vibes” than at similar neighborhood joints (main dishes run €8-10). The restaurant, which opened in 2002, occupies a brick-arched underground space decked out in wooden banquettes and kitschy decor.
The long menu comprises traditional, reliably-prepared Hungarian staples like goulash soup, paprikash, various schnitzel-like dishes, and stuffed cabbage (the “kolozsvári” version comes topped with roasted salt pork and paprika sausage). The pörkölt with egg barley (tarhonya), and the famed Gundel palacsinta crepe with chocolate sauce (€3) are also good.
If you come for lunch, you’re best-off opting for the three-course prix fixe for only €5. Hungarian beers and wines are also served, and reservations are recommended.