Fourteen new Hungarian restaurants have received Michelin recommendations this year, and the number of Bib Gourmand and Green Star restaurants has also increased.
The new Hungarian edition of the Michelin Guide French restaurant guide now includes 75 restaurants nationwide, making a total of 59 restaurants boasting Michelin recommendations in addition to the two two-star and seven one-star restaurants, the Hungarian Tourism Agency said.
All the restaurants that were awarded a Michelin star or a rating last year have been included in this year's selection. And based on the judgement of the inspectors, eight more restaurants in Budapest and six in the countryside will be able to display Michelin recommendation signs.
The new awards show that rural gastronomy has also made great progress in the past few years, with Morzsa in Pécs, for example, bringing the total number of Bib Gourmand restaurants with excellent value for money to seven.
Sustainability is also becoming increasingly important in tourism, which is why the number of Green Star restaurants has also increased compared to last year, with a total of five restaurants across the country boasting this certification this year.
Villa Kabala in Szigliget is a newcomer to last year's ranking. The Green Star is awarded for every aspect of the kitchen-restaurant's work, from sourcing ingredients to using local and seasonal produce and waste management.
As a result of this high number of accolades, Hungary has become one of the leading gastronomic centers in Central Europe, ahead of the Czech Republic, Poland, Croatia and Slovenia.
The traffic-boosting effect of international recognition is confirmed by the experience of the Stand (in Budapest), which last year received two Michelin stars, and where the owner says that reservations can now be made several weeks in advance, and that there is a choice of quality staff.