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 location: instead of a classic fine dining decor, here a sleek, modern design sets the tone with an open kitchen and wooden tables stripped of tablecloths. The restaurant, which has had its own Michelin star since 2016, occupies the ground floor of the posh Prestige Hotel, meaning that the dining area closest to the lobby can feel like a hotel restaurant so try asking for a table in the main hall.
The seasonal menu features the usual suspects of European fine dining, including flavor-rich foie gras, aged steaks, and locally sourced and lightly grilled rainbow trout. Head chef Miguel Rocha Vieira sends out elaborate and precise creations which are as pleasing for the mouth as for the eyes. For the full experience, go for the six-course tasting menu, which costs €85 per person, or €130 with wine pairing — head sommelier Péter Pongrácz favors superior under-the-radar Hungarian wines.
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