Located across Budapest's main orthodox synagogue in the old Jewish Quarter but operated by the Hungarian Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic community, Tel Aviv Café is Budapest’s one and only kosher dairy restaurant. So, don't go searching for meat-based dishes here. In fact, you won’t find any of the typical Ashkenazi non-meat classics like matzo brei, blintz, and latke either.
Instead, the menu comprises Middle Eastern plates like couscous, shakshuka, and hummus, as well as vegetarian pizzas and pastas. The “Israeli platter” (€9) is an overpriced plate of forlorn scrambled eggs with meze, evoking a two-star hotel breakfast experience both in terms of taste and visuals. Non-kosher guests can find better tuna salad, mushroom pizza, and pasta Alfredo in the neighborhood, not to mention the stale Dobos torte (€2). Across the street from Tel Aviv Café is its sister location, Carmel, a glatt kosher meat restaurant serving considerably better food.