Bestia is a bustling grilled meat restaurant in the heart of Budapest. It has a picture-postcard view of the St. Stephen’s Basilica, a flashy, industrial chic interior, and a full-service cocktail bar serving 12 types of craft beers. A DJ spins tunes five nights a week and a trendy crowd flocks here every night. All this, of course, comes at a price: most main dishes on Bestia’s meat-centric menu are over €10, which, by local standards, is expensive. Bestia uses a Josper charcoal burning oven and a rotisserie for the meats, of which the smoked pork ribs (HUF4,950/€15) are a favorite. They impart a nice smoky flavor and come glazed in a sweet-and-savory barbecue sauce. If you’re feeling adventurous, go for the two massive pieces of grilled beef bone marrow – they won’t disappoint. But you’re better off skipping the undersized Angus beef burger paired with a few, sad-looking pieces of unremarkable roast potatoes.
Given Bestia’s location in the elite downtown neighborhood near Budapest’s financial center, the average age and the proportion of suits and dress shirts are higher than in comparable restaurants in the Jewish Quarter.