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Vegetarian in Budapest

We’ll be in Budapest for 3 days and although we eat fish we don’t eat meat. We’d love some restaurant recommendations, especially if there is vegetarian goulash. Thanks in advance.

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Well, I didn't even look for a vegetarian goulash - sounds like an oxymoron. However, if you eat cheese and eggs (and it sure sounds like you do) you will find great Hungarian food.

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Thanks. We’re staying in Pest. Any particular dishes to try? We do eat eggs and cheese.

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Fortunately for you (and the rest of us), since you eat fish, the OTHER National Soup of Hungary is Halaszle (Fish Soup). This is a spicy concoction (you can ask for different grades of heat) generally made from carp.

Just over the Lanchid (Chain Bridge), on the Buda side of the Danube, is Horgasztanya Etterem at #27 Fo (Main or High) Utca (St) . This is their specialty and have many variants from different regions of the country. After dinner, walk to the funicular and ride up to the Fisherman's Bastion, for a proper view of the Danube and the Pest side of the city.

Another place that has a good Halaszle but is a bit of a tourist trap is the Matyas (Mathias) Pince (Cellar). It is on the Pest side, also on the Danube, very near the Great market, downstairs at #7 March 15 Square. Frankly, I haven't been there in many years so someone else on this thread may know if it is still good - but it used to be. You may or may not like the Gypsy musicians coming to your table side. For what it is worth - I just took a look at their website menu (to make sure it is still open! Seems to be) and they have a Vegetarian menu as well.

Good luck - and enjoy your time in Budapest!

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Garlic soup is terrific, has very little garlicky taste - yet is delicious.
The traditional Hungarian kitchen is full of soup recipes as soup is eaten with almost every meal.
Another surprisingly tasty soup is caraway seed soup.
In the summer you will find an abundant variety of cold fruit soups.
I wonder if there is a restaurant in Budapest devoted just for soup (sort of like in Seinfeld!)? Does anyone know?