Dining & Hospitality

Two of Europe’s most affordable Michelin-starred restaurants are Hungarian

There are some Michelin-starred restaurants where you can eat for under 30 euros, and two of them are in Budapest.

The most affordable Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe are mostly one-star restaurants, where — without wine pairing — you can enjoy a tasting menu for under EUR 30.

Among the now affordable Michelin-starred restaurants are two places in Budapest: Essência, which received a Michelin star in 2021, and Borkonyha, which has had one for several years now. 

Essência is run by the Portuguese-Hungarian duo Tiago and Éva Sabarigo, according to Chef’s Pencil. Guests can enjoy the best of Hungarian and Portuguese cuisine by choosing the “fusion” tasting menu, which effortlessly combines the two cultures. The cheapest three-course lunch menu starts from EUR 25 per person. You can also choose from a wide selection of Portuguese and Hungarian wines.

Borkonyha has been a trendy place for years due to its good location and pleasant atmosphere. It also features a great chef who has brought a new approach to Hungarian cuisine with his creative dishes and selected ingredients.

According to Chef’s Pencil, the most expensive restaurant is Sublimotion restaurant in Ibiza. It does not yet have a Michelin star itself, but chef Paco Roncero has already earned one at La Terraza del Casino. A tasting menu at the Ibiza restaurant costs EUR 1,500, making it the most expensive restaurant not only on the continent but in the world. Among places with a Michelin star, Amsterdam’s Ciel Bleu tops the list with a EUR 595 tasting menu.

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