Café Remiz

Remiz - Café and Brasseria

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Actually this place is two in one.

The Remiz Café and Brasseria


Far from the din of the city, on Budakeszi út, on the site of a neglected espresso bar for young people and next to where the trams rest at night, is one of Budapest's best-known restaurants. Originally, the idea was to open a café, but during the reconstruction work, plans changed and in August, 1992 the Remíz Café and Brasserie opened in style. Eventually extensions had to be built and the regulars contributed their share. As you go through the corridor leading to the card and club-rooms and private function rooms, you may recognize their names engraved on the bricks. The pleasant garden contains a pavilion, an enchanting fountain by sculptor Péter János Vladimír and the mouth-watering sight of an outdoor kitchen popular with guests from early spring to late autumn.
The Remíz is a favourite spot of the city's social life and you will probably see a few familiar artists, writers, politicians, journalists and businessmen and women when you go there.

Transport: Take the 56 tram or the black 22 bus from Moscow Square.
Secure private car park for those arriving by car!

Methods of payment:cash or credit cards (AMEX, VISA, EC/MC, DINERS) .

Telephone: 00-36-1-275-1396, 00-36-1-394-1896
Mobil: 06 309 995 131
Fax: 00-36-1-200-3843
E-mail: remiz@remiz.hu
Please send all comments, questions and concerns regarding Remiz to vendeg@remiz.hu


And the Kisbuda Gyöngye Étterem


This family restaurant opened in 1992 in Óbuda's Kenyeres utca, where once there stood a little pub called Hörpintö. It has a pre-war family atmosphere and its interior design is unique and full of original ideas. The antique glass cabinets, the turn of the century chests of drawers, the sideboards and bentwood chairs, the mirrors, chandeliers and lace tablecloths, the silver candlesticks, the table napkins, the crystal glasses, the Herend plates and frescoes on the ceiling, are all original pieces. One has the feeling of going back a century in time. Contributing to the atmosphere is the background music provided by Péter Schmitt at the piano . The walls, panelled in beautiful fragments of antique furniture, radiate an atmosphere of warmth, as does the Mediterranean style garden in the summer.

Word spread fast about the restaurant at home and abroad and it became a regular haunt of heads of state, stars, personalities in public life, diplomats, businessmen and women. The air-conditioned rooms are used for quiet working lunches and in the evening they are suitable for small functions, private receptions, family celebrations or business dinners.

Telephone: 00-36-1-368-6402, 368-9246
Fax: 00-36-1-368-9227
Mobil: 00-36-302-035-509
E-mail: gyongye@remiz.hu
Please send all comments, questions and concerns regarding Kisbuda Gyöngye to vendeg@remiz.hu


About the History of the place(s)

Once the borders of Óbuda stretched as far as Gül Baba street. This was the site of the old monastery and later it was here that the Hospital of the Sisters of Charity was built. Opposite it, on the other side of this plot of land, Silher, the innkeeper once measured out the sweetish red wine of Buda and the harsher version, into earthenware mugs or silver goblets. The Kisbuda restaurant was built on this pub's foundations. For centuries there has been an inn on this site.

Queen Elizabeth - who became the spouse of King Nagy Lajos at the age of 14 - purchased the house and plot, together with the wooden buildings, the cellars and garden, from Silher, the innkeeper, for thirty two forints outright. This site was next to the newly built convent of the Sisters of St Clare of Óbuda. The queen donated the above plot and buildings belonging to it, to the nuns.
(This document, dated 1363, is in the Buda archives.)

The beginning, the past:

Once upon a time there was a restaurant called KISBUDA (Little Buda).
Built towards the end of the 14th century on the border between Buda and Óbuda, the building was once an inn. In the second half of the 1970s it became a disreputable 'standing only' pub.
Alice Mezõdi and Zsuzsa Szabó rented the place in 1976 and within no time, made it into a congenial, friendly, family restaurant - a real artists' haunt.
They went their separate ways; Alice stayed and little by little, together with her husband József Mezõdi, star of the Apostol band, succeeded in making the Kisbuda one of the most popular meeting places in Budapest. Well-known members of the Hungarian art world, filmmakers, musicians, journalists and actors became regulars and more and more foreign guests appeared. Everyone was enchanted by the home flavours, the fast and attentive service and the informality and charm of the "restaurateur". The place itself was small, but the fact that it was crowded didn't bother anyone - even in summer, when you could keep cool in the courtyard in the shade of the old chestnut tree. From the extensive menu, the fish soup, the wedding feast of goose, the Mátra salad, the soft, white bread, always fresh, and the real home-pickled cucumbers in dill, became legendary.
The Kisbuda had to close down in 1992 due to the renovation of the building. The last, farewell day was a heartrending success. Not long afterwards, the Kisbuda Gyöngye opened in a new location, in a new style, but with the old hospitality and a few months later the Remíz (literally tram-depot) opened in turn. Both are a credit to the work of architect and interior designer, Gábor Gereben and Dóra Pataky.

In time, József Mezõdi's two sons: Gábor, who became the chef's right hand and Zsolt, who became restaurant manager, joined the two-restaurant family business.
(source)

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