Before we went to Budapest (ok, before I had looked any further) I had no idea that Budapest had long moved passed the gulash era. Not that you won’t be able to eat gulash if that is what ticks your box. There is more than enough traditional food to be found in and around Budapest.
I had written down quite a few tips I had received from various people when I received a last minute one to go and have dinner in a restaurant on the Budda side of the city. The one thing I had seen was a picture on Pinterest that looked good. Not much to go on but I had written it down anyway in my travel journal. Upon arrival in the Airbnb appartment we were sleeping in our host Maté had also written down Zona as a tip for a good dinner or lunch. That was a sign!
So we looked it up on the map and decided we wanted to have lunch there after our walk in and around the castle. When you are in Budapest it is worth making a reservation because it is small and busy. We got lucky but if we had arrived five minutes later we would have not be able to get that last spot.
The food was delicious. We chose the three course lunch menu. Choice of fish or meat. I chose meat, Tom went for the fish. Both were equally good. Total cost € 37,=. Not expensive for the quality you get but for Budapest standards on the priciers side.
In general we found Budapest not that cheap anyway. Sure it was cheaper than the Netherlands but more expensive than we had anticipated.