The Michelin Guide Budapest 2021 has been released, with two restaurants in the Hungarian capital being newly-crowned with a Michelin star, bringing the total number of one-starred restaurants in the guide up to seven.
Essência and Salt both made this year's listing, which is only being released in digital format, a move which Michelin says has allowed inspectors more time to work on their selection, given the current challenges facing the industry. Despite the change, the guide assures 'no shortcuts have been taken which would compromise the integrity of the guide'.
Essência, run by husband and wife chef team Tiago & Éva, captures the couple's Portuguese and Hungarian heritage on two different menus, served in warm and stylish surroundings. Salt, run by chef-owner Szilárd Tóth and located in aboutique hotel,offers a more formal dining experience with Hungarian-inspired haute cuisine.
“Both these restaurants are wonderful examples of Budapest’s dynamic restaurant scene. They not only offer fantastic food and are doing something a little different, but they also do so while paying respect to Hungary’s culinary traditions” said Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin Guides.
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