The Horgasztanya (Fisherman's Camp) restaurant has been a feature of the Buda bank of the mighty Danube for as long as anyone can remember. It ... More
The Horgasztanya (Fisherman's Camp) restaurant has been a feature of the Buda bank of the mighty Danube for as long as anyone can remember. It stubbornly refuses to change with the times and continues to make some of the best fish dishes around. A dingy wooden interior is not the Horgasztanya's high spot and should really only be considered if you cannot find a single free table on the narrow terrace which clings to one wall of the building. Guests sit almost in the road, with a flimsy fence keeping the traffic away.The venue is popular with tourists who come across it when promenading along the bank of the river beneath the walls of Buda Castle. The fish soup is still considered to be one of the best in town and is served in a dainty black cauldron. Trout is the best bet amongst the river fish on offer, as Hungarian lake fish tend to be lazy and fatty. Meat eaters can try the beef in a rich Stroganoff sauce but the fish here is really too tasty to miss. Finish off with a wicked Hungarian pudding - Somloi Galuska, a mixture of sponge cake, cream, rum and chocolate. On a hot summer evening this all goes down well with a bottle of rose from Sopron.
Good service. Menus in several languages. Small, neighborhood place known for their Fish Soup: a national specialty. They have several types. A bogracs (cauldron) of soup and a hunk of fresh bread is a great meal. Add a beer or a wine spritzer. Their game meat menu is also excellent. I have never had a bad meal there and it is one of my local regular places to visit at least once a week for lunch or dinner.
This is a wonderful restaurant slightly off the beaten track. The host was wonderfully welcoming: when we stopped in in early afternoon to make a reservation he didn't even ask for our name, only said "I'll remember you". When we returned at the chosen time he welcomed use like old friends. This is a small place, and as we sat there it filled up and they were turning people away. Most of the diners were Hungarians, probably from the neighborhood (unlike we 2 New Yorkers). The food was wonderful. The fisherman's soup (halaszle) was extraordinary. Everything else was terrific. The following night we went to a restaurant listed as among the best (Karpatia) and it was good, but the fish soup was nothing compared to Horgasztanya. The food was so good we went back the 3rd night we were in Budapest.
I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a very good, relatively inexpensive, authentic Hungarian dining experience. If you are on the Buda side, don't miss it. If you are on the Pest side, it is a short walk from the Chain Bridge.
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