The Atrium restaurant is within Budapest’ prestigious Corinthia Hotel Budapest. This hotel establishment has long been enjoying a reputation as one of Budapest’s premier destinations, and its restaurant is no less spectacular.
The immediate impressions are amazing: the Atrium is classy, elegant and stylish, with the classic and beautiful European decor dominating over the aesthetically pleasing interior design concept. The service and the staff were perfect. Not only the service was impeccable, but the atrium layout made the experience very pleasing for us. The tables in the dining room were not too close to each other, allowing guests to enjoy their meals while also feeling entitled to some privacy and space. The restaurant offers a vast and prized selection featuring some of the best Hungarian wines, and a menu littered with local gastronomic masterpieces. This is high-end cuisine for a discerning audience of food enthusiasts and fine dining purveyors. The Somelier proposed as wine a very nice Tokaji late havest 2012.
The chef and his team are all about creating great meals by using fresh meals from the freshest, most high-quality ingredients available, sourcing the best local produce and the finest imports. The restaurant particularly focuses on classical Hungarian cooking, bringing a new, fresh wave of creativity to the timeless recipes long regarded as local culinary staples.
As a starter, we ordered an excellent plate of pan-fried scallops served with a fresh chilli and pineapple chutney, cauliflower puree and polenta; an excellent choice for a delightful starter.
Later, my wife main was a local fish from the nearby Balaton lake: the “Focas”, a delicious sweet water fish, grilled and served with a tasty ratatouille with garlic ash. The flavours were in harmony and made for an excellently balanced serving.
I, on the other hand, went for a very famous staple of Hungarian cuisine and ordered their signature Goulash; prepared in a copper cauldron the old-fashioned way.
My main course was a tasty confit of duck leg pan: crispy on the outside, tender on the inside and served with some remarkable flavours.
The dessert was a piece of anthology: “Pomme marton” which was a masterpiece. The last time I had such an exquisite dessert it was in a 2 stars establishment in Michelin.
In conclusion, our experience at the Atrium restaurant was not only in line with everything we expected from such a famous and popular luxury dining establishment but so much more. It is very safe to say that our exceptions were exceeded and that we were treated to an authentic and remarkable culinary feast, where the food was prepared by a passionate and experienced team and served by caring and attentive staff working within some truly magical settings. The Atrium’s reputation as one of Budapest’s main restaurants and most famous fine dining spots is most definitely well deserved.
The Atrium restaurant is clearly run by people who truly love what they do, and who showcase a remarkable wealth of passion and experience within the restaurant industry. They shared their passion with us through their great meals, cooking and service. With an ever-increasing dedication to quality, the Atrium restaurant contributed to an unforgettable stay in Budapest for us.
There is something truly unique about being able to enjoy such delicious food in such a magical and historical environment such as the Corinthia Hotel Royal, home to the Atrium restaurant