Sometimes regarded as the consolation prize for not winning a Michelin star, Bib Gourmand ratings are awarded to restaurants offering good value. Technically, Bib Gourman restaurants serve two courses and a glass or wine or a dessert for $40 or less, excluding tax and tip. The below three Budapest restaurants can boast a Bib Gourmand in 2018. Check out the Michelin-starred Budapest restaurants too.
The sleepy and still somewhat gritty outer part of District 9 is the least likely of places to boast a fancy restaurant. Lying in the corner of a quiet park, Petrus is a hidden gem of a Bib Gourmand-awarded restaurant specialized in contemporary French cuisine. The food occupies the territory between bistro fare and fine dining: the 7-course tasting menu approaches the latter, the a la carte offerings the former. .
When in 2017 Szabina Szulló and Tamás Széll (a European Bocuse d'Or winner and celebrity-chef in Hungary) announced that they were leaving the Michelin-starred Onyx restaurant to venture out on their own, one didn’t need a business degree to predict success. From the start, the idea of Stand25 Bistro was to prove that Hungarian peasant fare can be more than a high-carb, greasy affair. The restaurant's success was immediate: a well-heeled local crowd from near and far has been flocking to the crammed tables of Stand25, which is located in the popular market-hall-turned food-court in downtown's Hold Street. In 2018, the restaurant was awarded a Bib Gourmand by Michelin.
After apprenticing at well-known Budapest restaurants, two young, local chefs, Andor Giczi and Szabolcs Nagy, decided to venture out on their own in 2014. The fruit of their labor is Fricska, a Bib Gourmand-awarded restaurant specializing in updated Hungarian dishes. Fricska is located in a remote part of the city's party district, inside a subterranean space that feels cozy and inviting despite the lack of windows. .