“Tucked away on the ground floor of a luxurious apartment house in the heart of the historic centre of Budapest, just a few steps away from the banks of the Danube, Baraka restaurant awaits its customers with French-Asian gastronomy and artfully prepared cocktails. Although this fine-dining destination has been quite well-known for many years already and is a favourite of numerous gastro-connoisseurs in Budapest, for the average Hungarian Baraka is still regarded as some kind of a secret tip. We took a close look at this culinary jewel.
Although easy to overlook from the outside, from the inside this restaurant is a feast for the eyes: entering from the street, visitors will be greeted by a spacious lounge and bar area, wittily called the “AKA Bar”. It is a bright, wide space, with wide arches adding some structure to the room. The interior and the decor are reduced to the practical and the aesthetically pleasing, very elegant and tidy. The bar with its low table and all kinds of expensive beverages lined up on the wall behind it dominate the front of the room, whilst the lounge area farther away from the entrance catches the eye because of its flower motifs adorning the wall.
From here you enter the much more intimate dining room, which seats around 38 guests in its 100 square metres. Unlike the lounge, the interior of the dining room is almost entirely black and white. The centre of attention is the open kitchen. Elevated on a pedestal and surrounded by glass walls, it exerts an almost fascinating attraction.”
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