The home restaurant scene is growing solidly in Budapest and Repeta is a great example of how to do it right. I need to start with a disclosure: I've been to pop-up restaurants before, but my only home restaurant experience is Repeta. But what a great experience it was!
My father turned 60 and he wanted a nice cosy place to celebrate it. Since all my friends were raving about Repeta and I knew the chef more or less we decided to give it a go. We had a mixed crowd, from 30 to 80 year old with a few vegetarians and Dani (the owner/chef) clearly surpassed everyone's expectation.
We got a warm welcome and good selection of locally sourced (or home made) palinka (hungarian shot, works well as an appetizer) to choose from. After settling we explored the charming and cozy flat, which is well preserved and speaks of the good old days. Must be a family heritage. And the best part comes only after that. And it's the food. Appetizer, soup and so on, it's all build up nicely. Everything is really tasty and creative, all around superb quality. The veggie option is also a very useful treat, no one feels left out. Also, all course comes with the matching wine, to make the experience even better.
When we finished with the 6 or 7 courses, everyone was stuffed and delighted. But coffee and aperitif was already on the way.
I think it was much better than going to a restaurant for several reasons. It feels much more like a private party and it gives a great atmosphere. No strangers around, no waiters bugging you. The chef stayed in the background, but he was happy to tell us about the dishes when we asked. I do advise you to make him talk, the food tastes better if you no the story behind it. :-)
I would definitely advise to visit and I'll be coming back when I'm in town next time. It's ideal for a friendly or family happening, but I guess it's also fun to join the table of strangers, I'm sure the place attracts a good crowd.
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