Magna Hungaria

Magna Hungaria
29 West Maitland Street, Edinburgh, EH12 5DX
  • Telephone 0131 225 3199
  • Opening times Mon–Fri 10am–11pm; Sat & Sun 11am–11pm.
  • Food served Sun–Thu 4–10pm; Fri/Sat 4–11pm.
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Birra Moretti

Edinburgh's only Hungarian restaurant showcases the homely, hearty food of Budapest and beyond in passionate fashion.

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Opened in 2016, Edinburgh’s only Hungarian restaurant sets out to showcase the cooking dear to the country’s hearty heart. Tucked away in a hotel basement, its reputation is growing beyond the city’s expat community and curious locals. Don’t worry if you can’t pronounce anything on the menu, nor tell your csirkemell from your csipetke, as the team here will enthusiastically explain it all. Start with hortobágyi palacsinta, a thin pancake filled with creamy paprika-y chicken stew; tuck into a thick bean and ham soup; or go for Budapest broke with sour cherry soup, served cold, with cream. For mains, no prizes for guessing there’s goulash – four ways – and much meat, including crispy duck with steamed red cabbage. Or try street food classic lángos, delectable deep-fried flatbread with garlic, sour cream and choice of accompaniments. Take a breath, for puds are big and baked. Try somlói galuska – a tricolour sponge cake, or mákos guba – sweet milk-soaked brioche in custard. Pair with a fröccs (wine spritzer) or an appropriately rich, dark porter-style Dreher Bak beer.

  • High point: Fine, friendly introduction to Hungarian food
  • Low point: Working up an appetite a must to appreciate it
  • Notable dish: Lángos
  • Average price: £14 (dinner)
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Various Hungarian - pop, hip hop, chill trance
  • Capacity: 26
  • Largest group: 26
  • Open since: 2016
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £18 per bottle