In 2014, Lajos Bíró, a well-known Hungarian chef, opened a fast-casual lunch eatery inside the then practically-empty Hold Street Market. Fast forward to today, this historic downtown market has transformed into a thriving food court where several local celebrity chefs operate casual restaurants, and the area swarms with people at lunchtime.
A Séf utcája ("chef's street") specializes in a handful of traditional Hungarian, and Hungarian-Jewish dishes that are prepared with a slight twist and better-than-average ingredients. The highlight is the oversized, slow-cooked sausage paired with mustard and an onions-topped toasted bread (€5). The fried chicken and the fried duck liver (€6) are also good. A pho soup (€4) is also available from a stand run by a Vietnamese lady.
Friday's and Saturday's specials are the cholent (€7), the traditional Sabbath dish of slow-cooked beans and eggs. A Séf utcája pairs it with a small challah into which, and here comes the twist, they slip a slice of foie gras. (A Séf utcája is far from kosher: they top the cholent with a slice of pork neck). Finish your meal with flódni (€2), a traditional Hungarian-Jewish layered cake.