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Budapest: Napfényes Étterem

Napfényes Étterem

Napfényes Étterem

Two weeks ago during my Budapest trip, we went to a vegan, traditional Hungarian-style restaurant, “Napfényes Étterem“, which was situated in a basement (actually a gorgeous, breathtaking one with calming ambiance). After hearing lots of good reviews on Happy Cow, I was determined to try them since I never had Hungarian food. We approached the friendly brunette, who quickly took our orders, which we had no problems with. I was fortunate to be the first customer because in the later hours after noon, the restaurant appeared nearly booked!

Keep in mind, the dishes are huge. A main dish may feed two if you are not used to “Hungarian-portions.” We started off with two average (not that exceptional) organic Cappuccinos with Dairy-Free Whip Cream (Hungarian: Bio capuccino növényi tejszínhabbal) and shared a main dish: Fried Pancakes Filled with Vegetable Cream served with Mashed Potatoes and Onions {Hungarian Zöldségkrémes rántott palacsinta hagymás burgonyával} (spelt wheat pancakes filled with spicy vegetable cream served with fried, mashed potatoes and savory tomato sauce). It was beyond filling for me, but I enjoyed the crustiness of the vegetable-filled pancakes plus the chilled tomato sauce made the flavours wonderful.

So what’s for dessert? I was truly stuffed and did not have room for that, but I never had curd dumplings, neither vegan nor vegetarian. So I tried Fake Curd Dumplings with Soy Yoghurt {Hungarian Hamis túrógombóc szójajoghurtos öntettel} (balls of millet covered in sweet breadcrumbs served with soy yoghurt and brown sugar). I smelled the sourness in the vegan white yoghurt, but the fake curd dumplings had interesting textures–sort of rice-like pudding in it. Honestly, I couldn’t even finish that dessert with my boyfriend because we were stuffed. It was a huge dessert dish to finish off with. Only approx. $20 for all of them, which wasn’t too bad for a vegan fancy restaurant!

Huge Tip For First-Time Visitors? Bring a friend or two. You definitely need help with finishing up the delicious meals. Arrive at noon when it’s not busy, plus you get more attention.

Napfényes Étterem

Napfényes Étterem

Napfényes Étterem

Napfényes Étterem

Napfényes Étterem

Napfényes Étterem

Napfényes Étterem

Napfényes Étterem

Napfényes Étterem

Napfényes Étterem

Napfényes Étterem

Napfényes Étterem

Napfényes Étterem

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