New Michelin guide singles out Budapest for 'rapid growth in gourmet restaurants'
Friday 18 March 2011
If the latest
Michelin guide for Europe is on track, Budapest could be tapped as the next darling destination for gastronomic dining.
The city earned its second one-star restaurant with Onyx, a high-end establishment where white-gloved servers present dishes like rabbit served with balsamic marinated mushroom salad and black root puree; free range chicken sausage with duck liver, sour cabbage sauce, scrambled egg and candied bacon.
The 30th edition of Michelin's Main Cities of Europe 2011 guide also awarded four Budapest establishments with the Bib Gourmand label and noted the "rapid growth" in gourmet restaurants in this city.
Bib listings are considered restaurants that offer "good food at moderate prices."
They include Arcade Bistro, where prices range from €12 to €18 for dishes like lamb with blue cheese and mint sauce, fillet of deer with hawthorn sauce and roasted calamari with green salad and wasabi.
Hungarian restaurant 21 was also awarded a Bib listing for its value-priced dishes like Goulash soup in a pot with pasta, €6, Chicken paprikash with homemade dumplings, and Breaded Carp with pasta and paprika sauce, both €14.
Meanwhile, patrons of Onyx had been calling for Michelin to give the restaurant - which only opened in 2007 - one of their highly-coveted stars. On the user-generated travel review site TripAdvisor.com, almost all of the reviews on the 38 pages devoted to the establishment gave the restaurant five out of five star ratings.
"The food was the best I've had in terms of fine dining and if the restaurant does not get the Michelin star it deserves in the next year or so I would be very surprised," wrote one reviewer from West Kirby, England on February 22.
Another review posted February 26, was titled "Terrific value for lunch - a Michelin quality restaurant."
Onyx joins the company of the city's only other Michelin-starred establishment, Costes, which is helmed by Portuguese chef Michel Rocha Vieira.
The Michelin guide also added six new Bib Gourmand restaurants in Copenhagen for a total of 12, and two new Bib Gourmand restaurants in Helsinki for a total of four.
The latest edition of the Michelin guide Main Cities of Europe 2011 goes on sale in Europe April 4 for €22.90 and is already available in the UK for £14.99.
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