In the heart of the city, only a few steps away from BME, there is a place that has grown out to be one of the main advocators of gastro revolution in Budapest – and it only took them a year to achieve that. That is not wonder, though. Bölcső offers an outstanding variety of food, home-made snacks, craft beers, wines, and coffee – all of these at a shockingly fair price and a living room-like, homely environment.
Opened on the 8th of February in 2013, Bölcső took a huge risk by moving into the paradise of cheap fast food designed for university students in Lágymányosi Street. But from the beginning, they have managed to overcome canteen quality food, and introduced high-class international cuisine with a constantly changing selection. Both meat lovers and vegetarians will find lip-smacking delicacies among the dishes of the fixed menu, but for those who like adventure, Bölcső offers a flexible weekly menu with unique specialities that consists of a soup and a main dish, for 1250.- (with dessert included, it’s 1650.-).
Predators, attention! One of the best home-made burgers in town is waiting for you in the Bölcső. You will forget about the way you looked at burgers before; it is not a kind of fast food here, but a rich, tasty dinner with carefully selected ingredients. Everytime you order, the waiters very kindly ask you how much you want your meat to be cooked, so you can fall in love at first bite. Every burger comes with spicy home-made chips, two kinds of sauce (ketchup and home-made mayo), and lettuce-ruccola salad with lemon vinnaigrette, all included in the price (1250.-). Heavenly. What is more, these sandwiches can be ordered with soy stake for vegetarians, so they do not have to miss the ultimate burger experience.
Hand-crafted beers created by Hungarian and Czech beermakers are what make the whole idea complete; we can choose from more than 18 kinds of beer, but only some of them are available in draught version for understandable reasons. The dark, almost blackish wheat beer from Bigfoot Brewery called ”Razzia” is a must to try. For ladies with fine taste, I would recommend Cherry Beer made by Békésszentandrási Brewery. If we go with beer, there are several beer snacks to choose from – the Czech beer cheese called ”Hermelin” is highly recommended as it comes with warm toast and spices, all enough for two people. The wine selection is also very wide, mainly arriving from reliable Hungarian wine regions.
The overall impression of the place is very cozy and harmonious. There are bigger and smaller tables as well, and on summer, they open a sunny terrace in front of the place. If we arrive with a bigger group friends, we can play darts, and on Mondays, there is a pub quiz for teams where you can win a valuable beer selection for the team members. The bartender owns a pious English greyhound named Héra, who sometimes sneaks up on us for a little petting, and her presence strengthens the feeling of relaxation. If we would just like to spend some time alone, we can ask for newspapers from the staff, there is a free wi-fi connection, or we can just grab a book from one of the shelves on the wall – their collection is stunning. The place is open from11.30 a.m. to 11.00 p.m., and we can pay by credit card anytime. However, it is important to note that we HAVE TO make a reservation beforehand, because the place is always full!
Bölcső Bar & Food gastropub
19 Lágymányosi Street, Budapest 1111
Reservation: (1) 308 8210
Open: 11.30 a.m. – 11.00 p.m. Monday-Sunday
Credit Card is accepted
More info & weekly menu: http://facebook.com/bolcsobar
by Dimitrow Daniella