Operated by the Hungarian Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic community, Tel Aviv Café is Budapest’s one and only kosher dairy restaurant. Being a dairy restaurant, don't go searching for meat-based dishes here. In fact, you won’t find any of the traditional Ashkenazi non-meat classics either, like matzo brei, blintz, and latke. This is somewhat surprising, because Tel Aviv Café is located across Budapest's main orthodox synagogue in the old Jewish Quarter, so a hat tip to Central European Jewish food traditions would have been fitting.
Instead, the menu focuses on Middle Eastern plates like couscous, shakshuka, and hummus, as well as vegetarian pizzas and pastas. The “Israeli platter” (€9) is an overpriced plate of scrambled eggs paired with some meze, and it evokes a two-star hotel breakfast experience both in terms of taste and visuals. Non-kosher guests can find much better tuna salad, mushroom pizza, and pasta Alfredo elsewhere in the neighborhood, not to mention the stale and unappetizing Dobos torte (€2).
Across the street from Tel Aviv Café is its sister location, Carmel, a glatt kosher meat restaurant that serves considerably better food.