Maligan Restaurant (Maligán Étterem) serves good food and has a wide variety of wines. Perhaps the only challenge is the location on Lajos utca in Budapest: not only is it off the usual tourist track but the door of the restaurant is also somewhat hidden under the arcades where you would not expect to submerge into one of the finest dining places in Budapest. Maligan Restaurant has nevertheless been chosen among the Top 33 restaurants in Budapest by the Hungarian food blog, Chew.hu, and having tried some of their dishes, I must agree. There was only a couple besides us, which was sort of strange to have the place for us, but hopefully, since then more people have discovered the merits of Maligan. On the bright side, you can expect to have more moderate prices than in downtown wine restaurants. Maligan is pretty serious about wines, offering hundreds of wines from all wine regions in Hungary (as well as palinka – brandy). They also organize (blindfolded) tasting sessions, winery courses, etc.
Address: 1036 Budapest, Lajos utca 38.
Opening hours: (dinner hours) Mon – Fri 12:00 – 23:00, Sat 16:00-23:00 (closed on Sundays)
- bus number 86 or 60 (about 5 stops from Batthyány tér metro station), get off at Szépvölgyi út
- suburban train (HÉV) (2 stops from Batthyány tér Hév station) get off at Kolosy tér
Note: hundreds of wines and real wine expertise makes it one of the best places for wine-lovers in Budapest (you can also buy wines as it has a wine store). Hungarian indigenous meats (mangalica, Hungarian gray cattle/ szurkemarha) are worth a try from the menu, as well as the forest berry drinks for non-alcoholic guests. Closed on Sundays.
See the location of Maligan Restaurant on the Budapest Tourist Map (check the knife and fork map icon in the middle, and click on the icons to learn more about the neighboring places of interest or click on the View Larger Map blue link under the map). Notice that Maligan Restaurant is very close to the Roman ruins of Aquincum, the Lukács Spa Bath, and one of the best cafes in Budapest ever, the Daubner. Last but not least a few minutes away, you will find the Palvolgy Dripstone Cave (Pálvölgyi Cseppkőbarlang) full of stalactites and stalagmites, good very healthy air and underground wonders.
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