Curious where the top 1% of Buda residents hang out? Wonder no more. The owners of Déryné Bistro were ahead of the curve in 2007 when they opened this sleek bistro featuring a Balthazar-like interior straight out of the Keith McNally playbook. Back then, Déryné was a novelty in Budapest because this type of hip-but-classy restaurants didn't exist yet.
Déryné has managed to remain popular for all these years, even as other chic restaurants have sprouted up in Pest with comparable offerings at lower prices. Déryné's continued succeess is thanks to the scarcity of similar-minded restaurants in Buda, and also the professionally-run operation, where everything seems curated and under control.
Food-wise, the kitchen reliably prepares a range of bistro-staples ranging from French onion soup (€6) to bouillabaisse (€7) and confit duck leg (€13), supplemented by local classics like (pork) schnitzels (€16), paprikash (€13), and túrógombóc, the Hungarian sweet cottage cheese dumplings dessert (€6). If steaks are more your speed, you can choose from pricey cuts of dry-aged Angus and Wagyu beef. The exhaustive breakfast and brunch offerings, served until 4 p.m. on weekends, range from eggs benedict to shakshuka, avocado toasts, and English breakfast.
Although Déryné Bistro's service staff is one of the most professional in Budapest, I wish they weren't so eager trying to "upsell" the most expensive dishes to customers.