Whenever I see a sign advertising ‘traditional cuisine’ in Budapest, I just turn around right there and then. Yep, since the 90s this term has became a tourist trap in Hungary. I would mark Esetleg more touristy than a place for locals (regarding the prices and the location), so, I was more than surprised when I tasted the goulash soup here. Another time I had other typical Hungarian courses, like csülök (ham hock), then lecsó (ratatouille) and later túrógombóc (cottage cheese dumplings) and all were super good, tasty and prime, just the right amount and texture.
I also need to mention the exceptional view over the Danube. For me this is the most beautiful after sunset, with the passing boats and the lights reflected by the waves. If the sun is out, you can sit on the terrace equipped with the big comfortable cushions.
Although it’s visited mostly by tourists, Esetleg is very ‘local’ too. They have music events and, what’s more, and which seems really nice to me, the restaurant does not only take advantage of this fantastic location but also takes responsibility for it. They use eco-friendly straws and take part in the cleaning of the Danube’s shore.