Börze is a sleek downtown restaurant serving traditional Hungarian fare from early morning until midnight, seven days a week. With red banquettes and a chic interior designed to the minute detail, the vibes evoke a Keith McNally restaurant. 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. The restaurant is a 2017 offshoot of Menza, and like its sister restaurant, Börze is a well-oiled machine with reliable dishes and a good-natured waitstaff.
There's a range of egg-based breakfast foods, but I usually go for the snappy-skinned frankfurters with a side of spicy Dijon-style mustard and sliced rustic bread (€4), or the bundáskenyér (€4), Hungary's savory take on the French toast. For dinner, I enjoyed the cordon bleu (€10), a crispy, breaded pork schnitzel filled with cheese and a layer of ham. You could also try Hungarian classics: the chicken paprikash (€10), or the rakott krumpli, a potato gratin laced with sausages and eggs (€9). Round out your meal with túrógombóc (€4), plump, sweet-tart cottage cheese dumplings topped with sour cream and apricot jam.
Apart from tourists, Börze also attracts locals with a €5 weekday two-course lunch prix-fixe, which is especially popular among office workers. Once here, it's worth visiting Liberty Square, Budapest’s most monumental public park just around the corner.