Budapest's Essencia, Salt awarded Michelin stars

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The Budapest restaurants Essencia and Salt have each been awarded a single Michelin star in the latest edition of the Michelin Guide, Michelin Hungaria said on Thursday.

Gwendal Poullennec, the Michelin Guide's international director, said both restaurants are "marvelous examples of Budapest's dynamic restaurant sphere" that "offer outstanding courses while paying tribute to Hungarian culinary traditions".

The guide calls Essencia, run by Portuguese chef Tiago Sabarigo and his Hungarian wife Éva, "a bright, warmly run and deliciously different restaurant".

It praises Salt, the brainchild of chef Szilárd Tóth, for its "intricate, exquisitely constructed dishes".

The Hungarian capital is now home to seven Michelin-starred restaurants. The others are Babel, Borkonyha Winekitchen, Costes, Costes Downtown and Stand.

The latest edition of the Michelin Guide has added six "Michelin Plate" restaurants - a designation for establishments that have neither a star nor a Bib Gourmand - in Budapest, bringing the total to 18. They include Hoppá! Bistro, Felix, Stand25 Bisztro, Spago by Wolfgang Puck, Rumour and Pasztell.

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