Imagine a restaurant that's located right in the heart of Budapest's bustling party district. Add to that mental image a shabby chic interior featuring lots of happy colors and design items with inspirational messages. Welcome to Vintage Garden, one of the trendiest restaurants in the Budapest's old Jewish Quarter. Given its tourist-heavy location, Vintage Garden aims to please all palates with a menu so wide-reaching as to include everything from goulash soup (€5) to penne arrabiata (€7), cheeseburger (€9), duck confit (€13), and even a paleo cake (€5).
Despite the unusually expansive culinary reach, the dishes are reliable - the duck confit with gnocchi and apple chutney is particularly good. Any downsides? With main dishes priced between €10-20, Vintage Garden's price points are approaching those at Budapest's fine dining restaurants, which the food, though not bad, isn't. Also, on repeated visits I've found that some members of the waitstaff would do well to improve their attitude.