The vast majority of Budapest restaurants offer weekday lunch menus (prix fixe). The food is generally no-frills, service is quick, and the prices rock-bottom (around HUF1,500 or €5 for a two-course meal). They’re a quick and economical way to fuel up in the middle of the day. Accordingly, many office workers take advantage of it.
The good news: some of the higher-end restaurants also offer fixed-price lunches. Which means that one gets to taste elaborate, inventive dishes by leading Hungarian chefs for a fraction of what these plates would normally cost (the most expensive three-course lunch on the list, at Stand25, is HUF4,900 or about €16, but the others are around €10). Below is a selection of some of the best deals to be found at leading Budapest restaurants. Let the indulgence begin!