St. Andrea Wine & Gourmet Bar

St. Andrea Wine & Gourmet Bar is a fine dining restaurant near Budapest's city center, occupying the ground floor of a luxury office building, just off the reception area. What's unique about St. Andrea is that its executive chef, Ádám Barna, doesn't shy away from serving traditional Hungarian dishes through a fine dining prism (many other chefs in Budapest still feel uneasy about offering pricey peasant fare to discerning foreign diners).

For example, St. Andrea's 6-course "traditional innovation" tasting menu features stuffed cabbage - made with mangalica pork - and a beef stew (pörkölt) that comes with wonderfully tender and flavorful cubes of braised beef paired with egg dumplings and crunchy cucumbers (like a local, use the crispy sourdough breads to mop up the paprika-based leftover sauces). One shouldn’t leave before trying St. Andrea's lecsó when in season: this traditional Hungarian and Serbian dish consists of ripe summer vegetables and crisped-up sausages, all drenched in their own juices. The 6-course tasting menu runs €60 per person or €110 with wine pairing.

St. Andrea's waitstaff is kind and informed - they're one of the best service teams in Budapest. Note that given its location, many senior executives from the offices upstairs patronize St. Andrea, which can result in an overly corporate atmosphere, especially at lunchtime.