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Authentic Hungarian cuisine
Totally non-smoking place
Open-air terrace
Bone-in Ribeye Steaks with superior marbling!
Reservations welcome but not necessary

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Michelin Budapest Week-End Guide. Vörös Postakocsi Recommended Restaurant.  Michelin Budapest Week-End Guide 2013 - Recommended Restaurant. 

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The place for authentic Hungarian taste

Budapest Times, 2005

It cannot be said that the Vörös Postakocsi restaurant in Ráday utca really stands out from the others, but anyone looking for a Hungarian culinary experience shouldn't pass it by.

Named after Gyula Krúdy's book The Red Post Coach the whole restaurant oozes the turn-of-the-twentieth century atmosphere of the book. The eclectic building was built in 1876 and housed a coffee house at one time. Since 1970 it has housed the Vörös Postakocsi where a mixture of authentic and modern Hungarian cuisine is served. Traditionally heavy dishes are rendered light, courtesy of organic meat, dairy products and vegetables. The menu offers several game and vegetarian options. The restaurant's wide selection of modern Hungarian wines is a treat for all. There is also an extensive range of pálinka.

In 2005 Hungarian and European Catering Association rewarded the restaurant with “Védnöki Tábla”. That means that these two organisations take responsibility after the restaurant and guarantee the quality of the meals and high level of service to our guests. Only 250 carry such a reward among 50 thousand hospitality establishments in Hungary.

The starters are appropriately Hungarian: goose liver terrine with baked fruits Tokaj style for HUF 2,190 or Hortobágyi pancakes filled with minced veal stew in paprika and sour cream sauce. If you want something lighter go for the various soups on offer like the Chicken soup country style for HUF 750.
Main courses are biased in favour of game, beef, pork and poultry. There is no experimentation or lean cuisine on show here.
There are however a couple of vegetarian dishes costing between HUF 1,200 and 1,890 and salads at between HUF 1,100 and 1,290 but the emphasis is very much on meat: sirloin of beef (from Hortobágyi cattle) with goose liver sauce, cognac and onions with potato fritters for HUF 4,290 or roasted goose leg with potatoes served with piquant steamed cabbage and paprika, Szekely style  for HUF 2,190 or sirloin of venison with juniper and wild mushrooms with cognac and hash browns for HUF 4,290.
Overall then, not the kind of food for delicate stomachs.
Even after all that, experienced consumers of Hungarian food might still have room for dessert: puff pancakes with punch sauce for HUF 650 or Somlo Sponge cake at HUF 690 make a good end to a real Hungarian meal, rounded off with an Unicum for HUF 450 or an espresso for HUF 250.

The Beer Cellar
In addition to the restaurant there is a very cosy atmosphere in The Beer Cellar in the basement of the restaurant.
Its two rooms make it feel like a csárda in the countryside: on the bar there are strings of peppers and garlic and the ceiling is shored up with wooden beams. The menu is approximately the same as in the Vörös Postakocsi upstairs but has additional special barbecue meals.

Vörös Postakocsi Restaurant
Open: 11:30am until midnight

The Beer Cellar
Open: 5pm until midnight

District IX. Ráday utca 15
Tel.: + 36 1 217-6756, Fax: +36 1 215-0044
www.vorospk.com

www.thebeercellar.hu

 

Hungarian Cuisine - A Real Mouthful

Hungarian cuisine is known all over the world, but there is much more to our cooking than goulash soup and a generous sprinkling of paprika. Down the centuries, Hungary’s top chefs and a legion of committed grandmothers have drawn influences from Turkish, Slavic, French, Italian, Austrian and German cooking. As a result, Hungarian cooking is actually quite difficult to define. But there are some ever-present ingredients, including tejföl (sour cream), túró (curd, often, but not always sweetened), szalonna (smoked bacon or pork fat), cumin, caraway seeds, garlic, sauerkraut, and of course paprika. Unmissable specialities include goose liver, kolbász (spicy sausage), salami, palacsinta (pancakes, both sweet and savoury) and paprikás csirke (paprika chicken).

In many families, soup is an essential starter, and with good reason. Finding a bad soup is quite a challenge and, surprising though it may sound, even sour cherry soup makes for a refreshing summer appetizer. Main courses are usually generous and generally meaty, and vegetarian options are often limited. Most menus do offer fish, including local fogas (perch), and some soups, főzelék (vegetable stew), tészta (pasta, often with potato, cabbage or curd) and pancakes are also vegetarian. Whatever you do, don't miss out on dessert, particularly if it is Somlói galuska – a sponge, chocolate, rum and cream delight.

We do have one word of warning: Salad usually means pickled vegetables, green salad is a recent addition to the menu, and does not take centre stage in traditional Hungarian cuisine. But what many Magyars miss out on when it comes to vegetables, they make up for by eating plenty of fresh (and often organically grown) fruit, particularly melons, berries, cherries, peaches, apricots and tomatoes. It is worth avoiding the supermarkets and going to a local grocer – or a market or market hall – for something home-grown to snack on.

 

Wine and Palinka

Bull’s Blood
The Bikavér (Bull’s Blood) blend, exclusive to the Eger and Szekszárd regions, is the best-known of all Hungarian wines. Legend has it that the name originates from the unsuccessful siege of Eger by the Turks in 1552, when the heavily outnumbered Hungarians had nothing to drink but red wine. This proved to be to their advantage, their red stained beards and wild eyes terrified the Turks, who thought they had been drinking Bull’s Blood.

Unfortunately, the quality and reputation of the wine suffered during the years of collective farms and quotas that typified the Socialist era in Hungary. Since 1990 the improvement has been nothing short of spectacular, reflecting a renaissance of the industry as a whole. Many of the top Hungarian wine producers have a Bikavér in their portfolio, names to look out for include Tibor Gál, Thummerer, Vincze, Pók-Polónyi, Tóth, and Kőporos from Eger, or Vesztergombi, and Takler from Szekszárd.
Despite the legend, the Bikavér name was first used as a brand name in Szekszárd, not Eger, and not until the 19th century. The Bull’s Blood of both towns originally relied heavily on the Hungarian Kadarka grape. The blend that became famous and gained Eger international recognition contained a fiery combination of Kadarka, Kékfrankos, and Kékoportó grapes, with perhaps some Medoc Noir added for extra body. This lasted until World War II, following which quality control was cast aside in pursuit of larger production volumes.
Modern Bull’s Blood does not usually contain Kadarka, the producers of the high-quality versions now use Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot in the blend. The precise quantities of the three or four grape varieties blended together tend to be a closely guarded secret, adding to the wine’s mystique.

Tokaji Aszú

Described by Louis XIV of France as “the king of wines, and the wine of kings”, Aszú even gets a mention in the Hungarian national anthem.
With good reason – it is one of the world’s finest dessert wines. Like a Sauterne, Aszú is made with grapes that have succumbed to the botrytis cinerea fungus, otherwise known as noble rot. If conditions are just right – the convergence of three rivers on Tokaj creates a unique microclimate, the botrytis mould causes sweet grapes to dry out and shrivel. The resulting Aszú berries have a very high concentration of sugar and rich flavours, and must be hand-picked to separate them from unaffected grapes. It is the shrivelled grapes that lend Tokaji Aszú its intense colour and distinctive range of flavours.

Only four varieties of grape are permitted in Tokaji Aszú: Furmint, Hárslevelű, Muscat Lunel and Zéta. The botrytised grapes are mixed with dry wine or must to extract their flavours. On a bottle of Aszú wine, you will see the word “puttonyos" preceded by a number. This refers to the number of hods (a puttony is a 27-litre grape picker’s hod) of aszú berries that are added to a 136 litre cask of must or wine during the making of the Tokaji Aszú. Six is the maximum, and a six puttonyos Tokaji Aszú will have the most intense, richest botrytis flavours. Even further up the scale, the Esszencia makes do without the base wine entirely. These sumptuous elixirs have wine critics waxing lyrical about sun-dried fruits, nuts, caramel and toffee, as well as the mineral flavours characteristic of the grapes grown in this region. Many people shy away from sweet wines, but they are missing out on a real delicacy.

Szamorodni
Szamorodni, another speciality of the Tokaj region, is made from bunches of grapes that contain some botrytised grapes, but which are not separated by hand. It has some of the flavour characteristics of Tokaji aszú, but can be sweet or dry. 

Sparkling Wine

You may perhaps be surprised to learn that Hungary also has a long tradition of making sparkling wines. The best-known name today is Törley a company with a rich pedigree. József Törley studied in Reims and started making sparkling wine in France, before relocated to Budafok, just outside Budapest, back in 1882.

Pálinka
A ubiquitous speciality throughout Hungary and the Hungarian enclaves of neighbouring Transylvania, pálinka is the generic name for the fiery fruit brandy often distilled by peasants from home-grown plums, apricots and pears. Hungary’s most famous pálinka distilleries can be found in Kecskemét

Unicum
Unicum is a special blend of herbs and spices that Hungarians swear by as an aid to digestion, among many other things. It is indisputably Hungary’s answer to Marmite– you will either love it or you hate it. Even Peter Zwack, the man who brought his family’s original Unicum recipe back to Hungary after the regime change, admits that the secret is to convince people to try it twice.

 

Hungary's Favourite Grapes

Hungarian winemakers are increasingly turning to internationally recognised grape varietals to break into the world market, often with great success. For example, winemakers in southern Hungary, especially in the sunny regions of Villány and Szekszárd, are now producing Cabernet Sauvignons and Pinot Noirs to rival those of any European country. The ever-popular Chardonnay is also grown on about 3,000 hectares of land, notably in the Mátraalja and Balatonboglár regions.

Hungary also has a number of grapes of its own, many of which yield unique wines that will surprise and delight. Most of these are white, reflecting the country’s traditional emphasis on white wine.

Kadarka
Kadarka hails originally from the Balkans, but is considered Hungary’s own red grape. It was traditionally an important ingredient in the various blends that make Bull’s Blood, but some producers are now using it to make single varietal wines. It produces red wines that are low in tannin with an often spicy and sometimes fiery taste. The best Kadarka wines come from Szekszárd.

Kékfrankos
Known as Blaufrankisch in Germany and Austria, Kékfrankos can be found all over central Europe but is the country’s most common red grape by some distance. A large number of leading winemakers use this grape to produce pleasant, tart wines. Comparing those grown in the north eastern Sopron region with those from Villány in the south makes for an interesting lesson in the power of terroir to affect a wine’s flavour. 

Cserszegi Fűszeres
A white grape that was marketed in the UK as “The Unpronouncable Grape”, the name actually means “the spicy grape from the town of Cserszeg”. The grape yields highly aromatic wines, with a bouquet that is often compared to wild flowers.

Furmint
Thought to have originated in southern Italy or Serbia, by the mid 1800s Furmint had become the dominant grape in the Tokaj region. Because it ripens with a high sugar content, it is ideal for dessert wines, and is an important ingredient in many Tokaji Aszús. Some producers in Tokaj and Somló also produce dry Furmints, which can have an alcohol content as high as 15%. They can be fiery or very refined. A good example is Disznókő’s dry Tokaji Furmint. 

Hárslevelű
Hárslevelű, literally “linden leaved”, is an ancient Hungarian variety similar in character to Furmint. It tends to yield softer, more aromatic wines and is grown primarily in the Northern Tokaj, Eger and Mátraalja regions.

Zéta (Oremus)
Something of a rarity, Zéta is grown on only about 62 hectares of land around Tokaj, but is one of only four grape varieties that are permitted in a Tokaji Aszú.

Sárga Muskotály (Muscat Lunel)
This is not actually a Hungarian grape, but is another of the four grapes sanctioned for use in Tokaji Aszú and is prized all over the world as one of the finest aromatic grapes. Tokaj wineries such as Degenfeld  and Hétszőlő also produce very clear, crisp and aromatic dry or semi-dry wines from this grape.

Juhfark
Juhfark, Hungarian for “sheep’s tail”, is considered the stiffest, most rustic of Hungarian wines. This ancient grape is grown primarily in the Somló region, where it thrives on the volcanic soils, and yields robust, sometimes fiery wines with high mineral content. 

Irsai Oliver
A variety with which the UK wine drinker may be familiar – several companies and supermarkets have been importing Irsai Oliver in recent years. Wines from this grape tend to have a delicate acid structure, and the aroma has been compared to Muscat. It produces fragrant, soft wines that are best drunk young.

 



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