Menza

Price guide: Budget

Liszt Ferenc ter 2, Budapest, 1061

Price guide: Budget

Menza

By Adrian Phillips, your Budapest expert

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#11 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Budapest
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
4.6
4.6
Service:
4.5
4.5
Location:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Business travellers, Couples, First-time travellers, Stag / hen parties, Chilling out, Nightlife, No fuss, Shopping, Sightseeing

Best for Trendiness - Expert review of Menza

This is a trendy, communist-retro restaurant that serves good food at good prices.

This is Communism with a fashionable face. ‘Menza’ means ‘canteen’, and refers to the workers’ eating places of the socialist era. The design is fun with the bold and plasticky styling of the 1960s and the menu puts a contemporary twist on Hungarian classics - although the original canteens probably didn’t have Dom Perignon on their drinks lists...

Food and drink: 

Fortunately Menza’s tribute to Communism stops short of offering surly service and low-grade cuisine. The menu features traditional Hungarian dishes - goulash, paprika chicken and the like - but there are also a few international choices. The quality is generally very good, although there have been complaints of inconsistency since the restaurant has become one of the town’s hippest spots.

Ambience: 

The walls are covered with brown floral-patterned paper, there’s fishbone flooring and light shades with concentric cones. Menza represents a stylish, good-humoured look back at a bygone era, and attracts a fashionable crowd.

Service: 

Good.

Location: 

It's on Liszt Ferenc tér, the city’s main meeting and drinking spot.

Price advice: 

It's good value. You can snack on a goulash for 890 forints, and several of the main courses cost less than 2,000 forints.

More information on Menza:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
East European, International
Address:
Liszt Ferenc ter 2, Budapest, 1061
Telephone:
1 413 1482
Website:
http://www.menzaetterem.hu
Serves:
Dinner
Opening times:
Daily 10am-midnight.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary

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