The Gundel Restaurant is a symbol of culinary art and refined hospitality, and has been for more than 100 years.

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gundel Restaurant

HUNGRY IN HUNGARY: GUNDEL'S


By Don Heimburger
Photos by the author

The Gundel Restaurant is a symbol of culinary art and refined hospitality, and has been for more than 100 years.

Located in Budapest’s beautiful city park Varosliget, not far from Heroes’ Square, the elegant restaurant was founded by Ferenc Wampetics in 1894. A meeting place for artists, writers and members of the social elite, the restaurant entered another phase of its fame when Karoly Gundel took over in 1910. Combining French culinary art, and Hungarian cuisine, Gundel’s dishes achieved international fame.

Began as the Viennese Beer House by Johann Gundel, just 25 years of age in 1879, the restaurant and the restaurateur gained fame, comparable to the best restaurants of Vienna, Munich or Paris.

Cuisine included:

  • Oysters from the Adriatic Sea
  • Venison
  • Crab
  • Rhine salmon and Danube sturgeon

After renovation in 1992, the current building evokes a turn-of-the-century atmosphere--you are met outside at the door by a pleasant gentleman in a doorman’s uniform who will greet you and open the door for you.

On the inside, paintings of 19th and 20th century Hungarian masters adorn the walls, such as those from Mihaly Munkacsy and Joseph Rippl-Ronai. In the lobby, historic Gundel memorabilia is displayed. Hungarian Chef Kalman Kalla continues the traditional Gundel old-world recipes today, but they are made “lighter” in view of today’s need to offer healthier food choices.

Try the cabbage baked with catfish and fish sausage, a recipe from the 18th century, or the lamb chop and egg barley casserole. For dessert, have a taste of the palacsinta (thin pancakes with homemade jams), or the retes, homemade-style strudels filled with apples, poppy seeds or sour cherries.

Roma music is played for guests in the restaurant. It’s a happy place. Check out the special rooms for banquets--some are extraordinary!

In 2002 the restaurant was named one of the best restaurants in the world by Restaurant Magazine. www.gundel.hu; info@gundfel.hu

 

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