Náncsi Néni (restaurant)
|Náncsi Néni Vendéglője|
|Current owner(s)||Frigyes Schädler|
|Food type||Hungarian cuisine|
|Street address||Ördögárok utca 80|
Náncsi Néni Vendéglője (approximately translated as Aunt Nancy’s Inn) is a Hungarian restaurant located in Budapest, noted for its traditional Hungarian cuisine served in a family-friendly setting. The restaurant is located in the leafy Hűvösvölgy neighborhood of the Second District of Budapest, roughly 20 minutes from the city center. Náncsi Néni is famous for its traditional Hungarian dishes, including túrógombóc (sweet curd dumplings), but also serves international dishes, such as seafood and French cuisine. Náncsi Néni has received Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand award.
History and Details
Náncsi Néni was established in 1980, by Frigyes Schädler, who wanted to offer food that was as good as the food made by a typical Hungarian grandmother. The name of the restaurant actually comes from Schädler’s grandmother, Náncsi. The restaurant is located in a quiet, wealthy neighborhood of the town, up in the Buda Hills, on the west side of the Danube. From spring to autumn, food is served on a woody outdoor terrace. The restaurant itself was initially an old farmhouse, and it’s now decorated in a rustic manner, with wood panels and paintings. Náncsi Néni frequently features live traditional music, especially accordion.
Náncsi Néni serves a wide range of traditional Hungarian dishes. Among the highlights of the menu are the húsleves (chicken broth), gulyas soup, pike perch, stuffed turkey breast, catfish paprikas, goose liver marinated in grape juice, and the famous túrógombóc, coated with breadcrumbs, caster sugar, and sour cream. The restaurant tries to offer the type of food that one would eat in a traditional Hungarian home, but also serves international cuisine, especially French. Depending on the season, seafood and game are also part of the menu. Náncsi Néni serves pálinka, the traditional Hungarian plum brandy, and a wide selection of local and international wines, selected by the Hungarian Wine Society.
Náncsi Néni Vendéglője is recommended as a must-see in many travel guides. The establishment has been a perennial favorite for the last three decades, for locals and foreigners alike. Early reservations are recommended. Náncsi Néni received the Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand award from 2003 to 2007.
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