An unlikely contender for the "Most creative restaurant name" award, Bartók is a modern restaurant on Bartók Béla Boulevard on the Buda side of the Danube. Step inside, and you'll note a kaleidoscope of interior designs: There are exposed brick walls, Edison bulbs, subway tiles, rustic table tops, and steel I-beams.
The breakfast dishes are a bit inconsistent. The Benedict variations (€6) and the toasted sandwiches are unremarkable, but I'd go back for the scrambled eggs (€4) and the generously portioned goat cheese salad drizzled with walnuts and dried tomatoes (€8). Bartók serves breakfast until 11:30 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sundays. In the afternoons, the place transforms into a bar, with a selection of top Hungarian wines, six kinds of draft beers, and a variety of dips and spreads. The crowd is mainly local and over 30.
Although Bartók doesn’t yet exude the charm that some of the older establishments down the street from it do, like Kelet, BÉLA, and Szatyor, it’s a positive addition to this adorable residential area and will likely further boost the neighborhood's nascent rebirth.