It’s probably true that when visiting a new city, every tourist strives not only to see the local landmarks but also taste the traditional food of the region, and to do it without their wallet taking a big hit. So where can you have a lunch in Uzhgorod while spending around, or at least not substantially more than 5 euros (50 UAH) per person?
The first place in this improvised contest rightfully goes to the Vertep restaurant that is located in the very center of the city at 13 Korzo St. You can easily end up spending more than 50 UAH for the huge variety of the delicious food in this venue, but having a tasty lunch that doesn’t leave you hungry for less than that is definitely possible, too.
Among the first courses offered in Vertep, there’s the traditional Ukrainian borsch (the red beet soup), chicken soup, bograch (meat soup, served here in a plate made of dark bread), as well as solyanka (thick, spicy, sour soup traditional for Russian and Ukrainian cuisine). They cost 18, 15, 25 and 24 UAH accordingly. A cabbage or a horseradish salad will cost you 9 UAH for a 200 g serving.
For the second course, you can order halushky with cottage cheese (17 UAH) or cabbage (16 UAH), or you can indulge yourself with dumplings with potato and sour cream (18 UAH) or cracklings (20 UAH). You can wash it down with juice that costs only 8 UAH for a serving here. Altogether, this totals up 51 to 62 UAH for the whole lunch.
The staff at Vertep is quick and friendly. The menu is available in Russian and English. The only possible downside of this place is that there’s no cell phone service inside.
The next place deserving your attention is located a bit further from the city center but not substantially. The café we’re talking about, Bürger (18 Svobody Ave), is a 10-minute walk from the pedestrian bridge on Teatral’na Sq.
What makes Bürger so special is that besides offering tasty and reasonably priced food, it also offers you the opportunity to take a look at and purchase hand-made souvenirs as well as works of famous Transcarpathian painters. Bürger is one of the coziest cafés in Uzhgorod where you can also enjoy the creativity of the many talented people from the region.
Having lunch for 50 UAH in Bürger is quite easy provided you don’t order any alcohol. Ukrainian borsch costs only 9 UAH, and the Italian minestrone soup or chicken bouillon runs at 10 UAH. For the second course, we recommend you try chovlent, a traditional Transcarpathian dish which is served here in a clay pot and costs 25 UAH. You can also order pelmeni (Russian dumplings with meat), manti (traditional Uzbek dumplings) or other dishes. Cabbage salad costs here 5 UAH, and 6 UAH will buy you a serving of “Vitamin” salad (cabbage, carrots, grated apple).
Menu is available only in Ukrainian, but the staff understands English too. There is free Wi-Fi in the café. The place is open every day from 10 a.m. till 10 p.m.
The Retro café-restaurant (29a Olbrachta St.) is another place to have a lunch close to the city center. This café is located near the Pidzamkovy (“Under the castle”) park and not far away from the transport bridge, which can be seen directly from its windows.
Retro is proud to employ chefs who participate in international culinary competitions and who have won numerous prizes.
So what can you try at this café for a total of 50 UAH per person? Here are some ideas:
- Lotsy (fried pork with onion) for 30,50 UAH, French fries for 13 UAH and fresh cabbage salad for 6,50 UAH will cost you exactly 50 UAH.
- For a serving of the traditional Transcarpathian bograch (18,50 UAH), segedinsky goulash (24,30 UAH) and bread (2 UAH) you will pay 44,80 UAH.
- Chicken soup with noodles (16,10 UAH), cereal with meat and mushrooms (32 UAH) and bread (2 UAH) cost 50,10 UAH.
Menu is available only in Russian.
The City Terrace restaurant (2 Voloshyna St.) is another worthwhile dining option for someone visiting Uzhgorod. This centrally located venue features the traditional Ukrainian theme and is easy to find – it’s located in the very beginning of Voloshyna St. near the rock garden with the monuments to the famous Transcarpathian painters Bokshay and Erdelyi.
City Terrace is unique for our review because not just one, but two people can have a lunch here for 50 UAH. First courses like okroshka (a cold soup of Russian origin), borsch, bograch, solyanka, gutsul soup or mushroom bouillon run here for 12 to 18 UAH. But the most exciting thing offered by the restaurant is its business lunch special. For only 25 UAH, you can choose one of the three sets:
- Borsch, cutlet with mashed potatoes and cabbage salad;
- Chicken soup, rice with a chicken chop and fresh tomato and cucumber salad;
- Bograch and lecso (thick vegetable stew, pronounced “lecho”) with eggs.
There’s no Wi-Fi in City Terrace but it’s definitely compensated for by the restaurant’s convenient location and its prices.
Bonus: Lunch for 3 euros!
If you’re really on a tight budget, you can eat in Uzhgorod for a little as 30 UAH (3 euros) – you just need to know where!
The canteen of this price level that’s closest to the city center is located in the Dom Byta building (“Budynok Pobutu” in Ukrainian) on 47 Petofi Sq. The canteen is open 9 a.m. till 7 p.m daily except Sundays.
The variety of dishes in this venue is quite wide and changes according to the day of the week. There is no use to give examples of prices because whatever you take, you can have the first and the second course, salad, bread, dessert and something to drink for less that 30 UAH here.
For the first course, you can order borsch or green borsch, bograch, rassolnik (soup made from pickled cucumbers), cheese soup with field mushrooms, vegetable or tomato soup. For the second course, you have a choice of pork, sausages, meatballs, steaks, various chicken dishes, chovlent, Uzhgorodian schnitzel and many others. Vegetarians will also feel at comfort here.
As expected, there is no Wi-Fi in the canteen and the staff doesn’t speak English, but if you are really adventurous (and want to save some cash!), that won’t stop you.
Finally, you can eat at the canteens of some state-run institutions that are located in the city center. One example is the canteen of the “Tysa” broadcast company on 18 Kyiv Embankment.
Bon appetite and have a good time in Uzhgorod!