Budapest, Liszt Ferenc tér 2, 1061 Hungary
A cool upbeat and stylish mid-century ex-communist-retro styled restaurant serving great food at reasonable prices.
Apparently taking its name from the Hungarian for a ‘school canteen’ (Menza means canteen) this was anything but, it was modern contemporary takes on traditional dishes were served throughout the restaurant.
The ques were out of the door, so we were really happy that we had the insight (or heads up) to phone ahead a reserve a table.
Split over two floors (more of a mezzanine split) the ground floor space is adorned with brown 1960s floral-patterned paper with fishbone flooring and huge cone light shades and the mezzanine is similar but with a slightly lighter shade of paper and more understated light shades still offering a nod to a bygone era, especially for a more modern and fashionable crowd.
The food was tasty, with both traditional Hungarian and international dishes on the menu such as pastas, goulash, escalope and gourmet burgers, with a large choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available too.
Quality was great, the staffs were professional and new their stuff and the service was superfast, all in all a great place to eat.