Comme Chez Soi is a small Italian restaurant located one block from the famous Váci Street in downtown Budapest. It's a popular choice for both lunch and dinner. Generous portions of Italian fare is served at reasonable prices and the friendly owners, Roberto and Marianne, complete the experience.
Comme Chez Soi Review
May 5, 2011
Although the name, inherited from the previous establishment, suggests French cuisine, Comme Chez Soi is one of Budapest's most popular Italian restaurants. As a matter of fact, at the time of this review it's the number one restaurant on Tripadvisor. Comme Chez Soi means 'like at home' and its website promised a “Romantic, candlelit dinner in a true small Mediterranean restaurant”, so I went there with high expectations.
Comme Chez Soi consists of two small dining areas sharing an open kitchen, which makes the place look even more compact. With the exception of 'Snails in garlic butter' and 'Goose liver, flambéed with Tokaji wine' the menu features primarily Italian dishes, including pizzas and pastas along with salads, soups, croquettes and a variety of fish and meat specials. My exploration started with a mix of Italian ham and cured duck meat, bread and garlic butter, followed by 'Pizza du chef' (pizza with egg and spicy sausage) and 'Three kinds of pasta with three kinds of sauce' (ravioli Bolognese, tortellini with Parma ham and fettuccine in basil sauce). Everything was delicious. The cured duck meat was tasty and the pizza in itself is reason enough to try Comme Chez Soi. It was perfectly thin-crusted and flavorful.
The dishes were prepared with fresh ingredients by a kitchen that knows its business. The service at Comme Chez Soi is very friendly but not overbearing. The open kitchen sets the mood for the restaurant, but I'm not sure it would win points with a romantic date. The small size, the close proximity of the tables and the busy, open kitchen make this a lively yet cozy eatery. The tasty Italian fare, generous portions, courteous staff and moderate prices confirm that this restaurant is a must try. Mains are HUF 1,450 - HUF 5,500 and all soups and desserts are HUF 1,200.