Börze is a sleek downtown restaurant serving uncomplicated traditional Hungarian food from early morning until midnight, seven days a week. Börze's moniker is a hat-tip to the enormous, 1907 building across the street that used to be the Budapest Stock and Commodity Exchange. With red banquettes and a chic interior designed to the minute detail, Börze recalls a Keith McNally restaurant.
For breakfast, there's a whole range of unfussy-but-reliable egg-based dishes. The pair of snappy-skinned frankfurter sausages with a side of Dijon-style spicy mustard and a whole-wheat bread (€4) is unlikely to disappoint. I usually get the bundáskenyér (€4), Hungary's take on the French toast (with ham and melted cheese filling). If you're looking for something more sexy, note that they serve an undersized avocado toast (€4) which comes liberally coated in walnuts and a limey avocado spread.
Off the lunch and dinner menu, I enjoyed the cordon bleu (€10), a crispy, breaded pork schnitzel filled with melted cheese and a layer of ham. You could also try two Hungarian classics: the chicken paprikash (€10) or the layered potatoes (€9) laced with sausages and eggs. Finish off your meal with túrógombóc (€4), a Hungarian specialty of sweet cottage cheese dumplings topped with sour cream and apricot jam at Börze.
With main dishes in the €9-13 range, prices at Börze are not unreasonable for the scenic, central location. In addition to tourists, they try to attract locals with a wallet-friendly two-course lunch prix-fixe (€5 and served on weekdays only), which is especially popular among office workers. Cherry on top is the location on Liberty Square, Budapest’s most monumental public park.
Börze is a 2017 offshoot of Menza's owners, and like its sister restaurant, it's a well-oiled machine with a professional waitstaff.