Menza

Address: Liszt Ferenc ter 2, Budapest, 1061, Hungary
Telephone: 1 413 1482

- Budget

4.5

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
4.4
90%
Service
4.5
90%
Food and drink
4.4
90%
Value for money
4.7
90%
Ambience
4.6
90%
Location
4.5
90%

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.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • First-time travellers
  • Stag / hen parties
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • No fuss
  • Chilling out

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