In 2014, Lajos Bíró, a Hungarian celebrity chef, opened a fast casual lunch eatery inside the practically empty Hold Street Market. Fast forward to today, this historic downtown market has since transformed into a thriving food court where prominent local chefs operate low-key restaurants and the area swarms with people at lunchtime.
Séf utcája ("Chef's street") has a daily-changing menu centered on delicious and beautifully plated traditional Hungarian and Hungarian-Jewish dishes. One of the highlights is the oversized cooked sausage with a side of mustard and preserved onions-topped toasted bread (€6), and you can also run into excellent vegetable stews (főzelék) or paprikash here.
Friday's special is cholent (€7), the signature Sabbath dish of slow-cooked beans. Here, the cholent comes with a small challah bread layered with a slice of foie gras. (A Séf utcája is far from kosher: they top the cholent with a slice of roast pork neck). Finish your meal with flódni, a traditional Hungarian-Jewish layered cake.