Costes Downtown is a 2015 offshoot of Costes, the first Michelin-starred restaurant in Budapest. It's a slightly more casual version of its sister restaurant: instead of a formal setting with white tablecloths, here a sleek, rustic look complete with wood finishes and an open kitchen dominate the atmosphere. Although they try to separate the restaurant from the posh hotel whose ground floor Costes Downtown occupies, the dining area closest to the lobby does feel a bit corporate, so try to ask for a table by the windows.
Portuguese chef Tiago Sabarigo runs a reliable pan-European kitchen at Costes Downtown, which has had its own Michelin star since 2016. The 6-course tasting menu, which runs at the equivalent of €100 per person excluding alcohol, is a selection of the a la carte offerings. Be sure to try the cured and lightly grilled mackerel with beetroots, and the flavor-rich Angus rib eye steak, which comes with a creamy, home-made BBQ sauce and chopped green beans. Chef Tiago Sabarigo's cooking is consistent and visually pleasing (especially the "Chocolate" dessert), but it could perhaps put even more emphasis on culinary acrobatics, be it as part of the amuse bouches or the main dishes, to add to the "shock-factor" one might expect from a Michelin-star restaurant.