HUF 3,300 (EUR 11.69) for a good quality three-course dinner in one of the capital’s better restaurants is not a bad price to pay, though it is also not normally an easy price to find. Hungary’s Restaurant Week (Étterem hét), organised by online restaurant guide DiningCity, offers precisely this with its third edition taking place between 15 and 21 October.
Menus are available for dinner and lunch (not so much of a great deal here considering the number of lunch menus available throughout the year for lower price). The set price includes service but not drinks, though organisers suggest some restaurants may serve an aperitif on the house or have a special, reduced-price wine menu.
On the menu
The number of participating restaurants has increased exponentially from the 25 that participated in the first round last year: with some 70 signed up to the promotion in and around Budapest, most of the various types of location, atmosphere or cuisine present in the capital city are represented in the list, ensuring there is choice enough to suit most tastes and to try out new venues, whether they be Italian, Hungarian, French, Greek, Indian, Japanese or international, in the centre or on the outskirts, middle-range or upmarket.
It is up to the restaurants themselves to decide how much of their seating capacity will be made available to guests wishing to avail themselves of the HUF 3,300 offer, meaning reservation online (www.etteremhet.hu, in English) is essential. Some are already fully booked but past reservation rates of 75 to 80 per cent suggest it should always be possible to find somewhere to eat.
If not, then it is also possible to head outside of Budapest to discover some of the restaurants there, as a further 20 in Székesfehérvár, Pécs, Szentendre, Gödöllõ, Eger, Balatonszemes, Gyõr, Szilvásvárád, Debrecen, Lajosmizse, Nyúl, Nagykanizsa, Szombathely and Miskolc are also participating in the promotion.