Costes Downtown is a 2015 offshoot of Costes, the first Michelin-starred restaurant in Budapest. Downtown is a slightly more casual version of its sister restaurant: instead of a classic fine dining setting, here a sleek, modern design sets the tone with an open kitchen and wooden tables stripped of tablecloths.
Costes Downtown, which has had its own Michelin star since 2016, is helmed by Portuguese chef Tiago Sabarigo, who runs a reliable pan-European kitchen. The 6-course seasonal tasting menu is a selection of the a la carte offerings and costs €100 per person (€170 with wine pairing). I enjoyed most the cured and lightly grilled mackerel with beetroots, and the flavor-rich, aged Angus sirloin, which came with a home-made BBQ sauce and chopped green beans.
Costes Downtown's dishes are tasty and visually pleasing but I felt that there's room for the type of creativity that one might expect from a Michelin-starred restaurant. Also, note that Costes Downtown occupies the ground floor of the posh Prestige Hotel and the dining area closest to the lobby can feel like a hotel restaurant, so try asking for a table by the windows.