Sometimes I wish I could live on Castle hill in Buda so that I could go to my favorite canteen everyday!
Budapest still has dozens and dozens ‘self-service restaurant’ (‘önkiszolgáló étterem’) that used to be some sort of ‘public canteens’ under Communism. And are now cult retro places.
This one is very centrally located on castle hill, just a few steps away from Mathias church. It is a bit hard to find, that’s probably how the place kept its local taste though it made it into some foreign guidebooks (I know what I’m talking about!).
The canteen is just above Fortuna passage. On Hess András tér – Fortuna utca, go into the first yard at the beginning of the street (yellow building with Fortuna written on it) and right after that, before entering the yard, climb the stairs on your left. You will find yourself in a spacious and bright room, that’s the canteen! Everything is written in Hungarian but you can see what will be on your plate from where you order.
The daily offer – 890 Ft – (including a soup and a main course) is usually gone by 13:00, so be quick! Otherwise you’ll have to order what’s still available (a la carte, still cheap though)! Don’t forget to sort out your knife, fork, spoon, glass, plate and tray, there is a space for that purpose on the left. So nothing more to say, just enjoy your Hungarian meal!