Párisi Bistro, Budapest: an excellent discovery

While we were having a walk downdown Budapest, we spotted in front of our hotel a beautiful building, the Párisi hotel, renovated a few years agp. We stopped for a coffee, and took the opportunity to make a reservation for the following day. And so this is our lunch experience.

As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

1DiarySummer escape in Hungary
2LoungeBritish Airways Galleries Club, Boston Logan
3FlightBritish Airways Club World, Boston Logan – London Heathrow, Boeing 777-200
4LoungeBritish Airways Galleries First, London Heathrow T3
5FlightBritish Airways Club Europe, London Heathrow – Budapest Liszt, Airbus A320
6HotelThe Ritz-Carlton, Budapest
7RestaurantOttimo at The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest
8TrainMAV Start Intercity First, Budapest Nyugati – Debrecen
9TrainMAV Start Intercity First, Debrecen – Budapest Nyugati
10HotelMatild Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Budapest
11RestaurantSpago by Wolfgang Puck at Matild Palace, Budapest
12RestaurantBistro Parísi, Budapest
13RestaurantThe Duchess Rooftop Bar at Matild Palace, Budapest
14LoungePlaza Premium Lounge, Budapest Liszt
15FlightBritish Airways Club Europe, Budapest Liszt – London Heathrow, Airbus A320
16LoungeBritish Airways Concorde Room, London Heathrow
17FlightBritish Airways Club World, London Heathrow – Boston Logan, Airbus A380-800
Today’s itinerary

The concept

The restaurant has no particular concept; it combines the tradition of Hungarian cuisine with the modernity you’d expect from a place like this.

The setting

The setting is absolutely magnificent: the lobby of the Hotel Párisi, a renovation that transformed a city shopping arcade into a hotel lobby, with the rest of the building housing the hotel’s rooms.

The menu

The menu is quite simple, a bistro menu with a gastronomic twist.

The meal and the dishes

As an amuse-bouche, fougasse was served with olive oil.


For the main course, I had a filet of perch, which was excellent.


The service

The service was attentive, worthy of a five-star outlet. And it is a 5-star outlet!

The atmosphere

The atmosphere was fairly calm, and the place was not very busy at lunchtime on weekdays.

Bottom line

An experience we’ll be repeating: these little nuggets are now legion in the Hungarian capital, which is overflowing with quality restaurants.

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.

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