Budapest Makery – Dob u. 38
Our final lunch in Budapest was definitely being built up to be the best, and it certainly was! We were invited along to the world’s only do it yourself restaurant, where you are able to cook your own meal from a varied menu, and then of course eat it.
Taken step by step from the video lessons provided to you on a tablet, we were able to choose anything from Hungarian cuisine to mini cheeseburgers! Whilst sipping on our fresh juices we scrolled through the menu, watching a couple of the lessons to check out the difficulty and what we fancied having. I, James chose the Hungarian lesco, which is pork tenderloin with egg barley and vegetables, and Jessica chose the layered potato with egg and chorizo.
The great thing about coming here is that you don’t have to worry about prepping the ingredients. The exact amount is provided to you like in the pictures below, and you can get on with the fun part of putting it all together and cooking it. They aim to only have dishes on the menu that will take no longer than 20/25 minutes to make, so you will have a similar waiting time to what you would have in a normal restaurant. Our waitress was also always on hand to lend any tip and advice if we were unsure or if things started to go wrong.
With the oven pre heated to 200 degrees, Jessica was able to get on with arranging the potato, chorizo, onion and egg in the oven dish, which was super simple to do and then allow it to cook for 15 minutes. Mine was a little bit more complicated, but still really easy and only used methods I was more than used to when cooking at home.
After frying most of the ingredients and cooking the egg barley and pork tenderloin, it was just a matter of arranging and presenting it. It somehow came out a lot saucier than on the tutorial, but still so tasty and I’d definitely have it again!
With us both feeling very full after the main course, we decided to share the responsibilities of making a dessert. These apple roses with honey in puff pastry were just the perfect ending to the meal! We decided to make one each, but to be honest I was a little cautious as it looked very fiddly on first sight. I couldn’t be more wrong though – after rolling the puff pastry, all it needed was a coating of maple syrup and apple, and then rolling it into place. 9 minutes after baking it in the oven it was ready to eat… and they were gone in seconds! We wish we hadn’t shared now!
Budapest Makery only opened in February, but are already doing extremely well with bookings stretching well in advance, and gaining interest on company levels for social events and away days. Coming here in small or large groups means you can have exactly what you want, the way you want it. You have the license to change up the spice level for example, quantity of this, that, or make your layered potato more crispy than most would have it.
We believe it is a fantastic idea and it’s a miracle it hasn’t been done already! With them looking to franchise the business in the future, do be looking out for more of these. We won’t say it’s the future, but it will definitely give you the choice of how you’d like to experience your next meal!
Although lunch is all we wrote about, see what we did for dinner.
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