Happy World Vegetarian Day! Veggie food in Budapest
Yesterday was another dinner that finished on a happy tune without corpses. The food was great, my stomach is full and I am happy because no animal was killed for my well being. We are in Budapest and trying out vegetarian restaurants.
Today is World Vegetarian Day and I would like to share some thoughts on veggie food, before I am going to share some good (and bad) veggie restaurants in Budapest.
This is going to be a great paragraph, because I will start with a quote by Leonardo da Vinci:
“The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men”.
Well, it is the time of a New Age movement. New Age ideology supports the practice of ethical vegetarianism due to the burgeoning of industrial farming and environmental consciousness, disputing the ethics of killing for food. An ideology which has swept communities worldwide.
Unfortunately we also live in a time, where the murder of animals for fast food and animal maltreatment at meat-mass-production sites are common practice. Fast food and obesity is New Age reality. Here we are, hundreds of years have passed, since Da Vinci’s words. Farm animals are mere objects, processed so inhumanely, that no one who likes animals would approve of today’s farming methods, nor eat those beings. The idea of non-violence towards farm animals stands helplessly against consumer ignorance and profit oriented systems.
How about eating seafood? I consider myself a vegetarian, who eats seafood. I am well aware of the contradiction.
“The time will come when woman such as I will look upon the murder of sea animals as I now look on the murder of farm animals.”
Hm. Okay, enough. Now, on to some restaurants in Budapest that serve wholly greens.
The Hummus Bar Budapest
Location: Alkotmány utca 20 and Kecskeméti utca 1 and Bartók Béla utca 9
Verdict: GOOD HUMMUS
We have tried various locations and they are all equally fine, serving hummus with various toppings and falafel.
The Hummus Bar is not just about beer.
Et voilà. Hummus with falafel and a huge portion of hummus with chick peas.
Edeni Vegan Etterem
Location: Iskola utca 31, Buda side of Budapest
Verdict: NOT SO GOOD, OUTDATED
The main meals look worse than they taste. But weren’t super tasty either.
One thing I rally didn’t like and therefore didn’t come back, is their weird charging policy. At the restaurant, you can choose meals, that are around 600 Ft to 1000 Ft. Since food is presented as a buffet counter, I asked if I could try a spoon of each of the meals, making one dish. The guy behind the counter agreed, gave me a bit of each dish but then sort of went crazy at the cash register. He made me pay for four whole meals, rather than one plate with four different choices.
My ordered meal clash. The side salad in the (plastic!) cup, was old and uneatable. The main meal okay.
Govinda Vegetariamus Etterem
Location: Vigyázó Ferenc utca 4
Verdict: VERY GOOD
Point to what you like or go for a set meal.
That set was only 950Ft and really nice.
Tomek, also chose a set meal for 1350Ft. That is very cheap. And was seriously delish.
Govinda is my favourite vegetarian restaurant in Budapest. They have a second branch at Papnövelde Street. We tried both (repeatedly) and both are very tasty, cheap and charge fair, when you decide to try a little of everything.
At Govinda you get more than food. There is entertainment. Like this reading corner.
And loads of good party ideas.
After that meal I felt Govinda philosophy. I am going to do some Peep Show ‘rainbow rhythms activity’ and dance colours. Pink and purple should do tonight.
Look here, for a review on Napfényes Étterem, my other most favourite veggie restaurant in Budapest.
Finding good (non-alcoholic) drinks in Budapest is tough. The market has been dominated by Cappy/Coca Cola who make up most of the fizzy drinks and ‘100% fresh juice’ variety, so you know what kind of crap quality I am talking about.
We were surprised, to find (the best) freshly squeezed orange juice at IKEA. They do have this vending machine, which squeezes super yummy juice for only 290 Ft. I think I would like one of those at home and use them as a big piggy bank. Location: the tram stops right at Örs vezér tere.
Enjoy your meatless day(s)!