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. Börze is a 2017 offshoot of the owners of Menza, and like its sister restaurant, it's a well-oiled machine with a professional waitstaff.
For breakfast, there's a whole range of unfussy-but-reliable egg-based dishes. But I usually get the pair of snappy-skinned frankfurter sausages with a side of Dijon-style spicy mustard and bread (€4), or the bundáskenyér (€4), Hungary's take on the French toast. Off the lunch and dinner menu, I enjoy the cordon bleu (€10), a crispy, breaded pork schnitzel filled with cheese and a layer of ham. You could also try two Hungarian classics: the chicken paprikash (€10), and 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, Börze's prices aren't unreasonable for its 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. Once you're here, it's worth walking around Liberty Square, Budapest’s most monumental public park.