Nagymező street in the busting district of Terézváros (District VI.) is often referred to as Budapest Broadway. There are many independent restaurants boasting in varying cuisines to suit most palates. Pesti Disznó, a stylish bistro offers Hungarian cuisine in a modern, yet unpretentious setting. Disznó is the Hungarian word for pig and as such expect to find lots of pork on the menu, alongside delicious vegetarian options, fish and beef.
I planned on having some swine, however I arrive on what was the hottest day of my trip and sadly didn’t have the appetite for anything piggy. I was hugely disappointed in myself as the Mangalica pig breed that they use is supposed to be really tasty.
I settled for a zucchini and goats cheese salad, with a warm mushroom fondue. The bread was delicious, and the olive oil even nicer. I love a good olive oil!
The meal was light and perfect for lunch, but not the most exciting dish to be found in Budapest. Perhaps great for, bridging the gap between the heavier meals that can be found on lots of menus in the capital.
Whilst I went for what seemed to be the most un Hungarian dish on the menu, I would highly recommend Pesti Disznó. I sat outside on the covered terrace, making the most of the glorious sunshine, it’s also a great spot to people watch!
The service was attentive, with friendly waiters who were also knowledgeable about the wines and food I chose. The atmosphere on the whole was lovely.
What really impressed me here was the wine list (although I had to ask for it, as they only give the menu with the house wine to begin with). A story telling, Hungarian focused wine list, with most, if not all the wines by the glass! I do love a wine list that tells a bit of a story rather than just the name of the wine at the very most, perhaps the vintage and region if you are lucky.
I settled on the Acapella Rajnai Rizling (Riesling) 2011 from Badacsony. Rather different to the norm some oak characteristics are found in this wine after 9 months barrel fermentation in 1000 litre casks. Floral, with a botrytised nose.
My second wine was the St Andrea Boldgságos Superior Cuvée 2015 Eger, and wow was this a real treat! A blend of Olaszrizling, Hárslevű, Pinot Griselda, Sauvignon and Viognier grapes, this wine really stood out. A perfectly balanced and harmonious wine. Spice, rich and minerally character, very floral, with a citrus and buttery finish.
I really like that most wine bars and restaurants serve will in around 100ml servings. Just perfect for self led tastings.
I can imagine this place getting busy in the evening, so larger groups should definitely book. Solo travellers, or couples should be fine if flexible with dining times.
Who: Pesti Disznó What: A casual bistro, with fine wine and lots of pork dishes on the menu. Found in the heart of Budapest. Where: 19 Nagymező Utca, Budapest 1063 Hungary I paid for my meal and drinks. My writing, my views.