Street Food

Street food has been the buzzword in the Hungarian culinary world in recent years. Do not expect hot dog carts on every corner however, what we mean by modern street food is traditionally simple or fast food prepared to high standards using quality ingredients offered at budget prices, often in a cool designer setting.

The hamburger is naturally at the forefront of this wave. The ZING Food Truck first showed up at festivals in 2013 then at the end of the summer parked at Gozsdu Courtyard.  Everything is homemade, the buns, the patties, even the ketchup and mayonnaise are made to their own recipe. Luckily, they opened an indoor restaurant, ZING Burger in Király Street too, so we always know where to find them. On the Buda side, Finomító Kantin represents gourmet burgers with delicacies like lamb and salmon burgers, all made fresh and juicy. Less "street" in appearance and price, Baltazár Boutique Hotel in the Buda Castle offers exceptional charcoal grilled burgers like spicy dim sum tuna. Continuing on the sandwich front, Budapest Bägel brought back an authentic bagel recipe from Israel, then improved the formula, baking fresh batches throughout the day. Meat & Sauce takes both very seriously; all the ingredients have been given careful consideration from the perfect buns down to the spices, but the spotlight is of course on the high quality, slow cooked meats and original, drippy sauces. The innovative chefs at Bors Gastrobar create extraordinary sandwiches, like Norwegian salmon with organic cream cheese, farm eggs and cornichon in a fresh baguette. Lunchtime queues are a given. Italian is also great street food style, from the delicious pizza slices of Mamma Sofia to the homemade, authentic pasta of Due Spaghi available to eat on the spot or take away. Explore Asian flavours with Ramenka, Funky Pho or Bao Bao Dim Sum Bar. Street Food Karaván in Kazinczy Street brings together several vendors in trucks and shipping containers on the same lot for a street food festival all year around.

What else would you sip with your burger than a local artisanal beer? Because they are brewed in small batches, there is room for experimentation resulting in a much wider variety and bolder flavours than mainstream brands, which all tend to be lagers. Fóti Zwickl is a good place to start - it's characterful but not too bitter. White or dark wheat beers are also a good introduction, like Horizont Japanese Wheat beer. The big three to taste are Bakancslista and Távoli Galaxis, both by Rothbeer Brewery, and Credo by Hedon and you can try them and craft beer pubs Léhűtő, Csak a Jó Sör or Élesztő.

Gastronomic adventurers can taste all of the above and much more at the annual Street Food & Főzdefeszt Festival.