Curious where the top one percent of Buda residents hang out? Wonder no more. The owners of Déryné Bistro were ahead of the curve when in 2007 they opened this chic restaurant featuring a Balthazar-like interior straight out of the Keith McNally playbook. Back then, few places in Budapest offered this brand of casually-hip-but-classy vibes. Déryné has managed to remain popular for all these years, even as similar restaurants have sprouted up on the other side of the Danube with comparable offerings at lower prices.
The menu skews French, featuring pricey but reliably prepared bistro staples including a bouillabaisse (€9) and foie gras (€14). But you'll also find the usual suspects of Hungarian fare here: goulash soup, pork schnitzel (€18), and túrógombóc, which is a sweet-tart cottage cheese dumpling eaten as a dessert (€6). If steaks are more your speed, you can choose from prime cuts of dry-aged Angus and Wagyu. Eggs benedict, shakshuka, and avocado toast are just a few of the exhaustive breakfast and brunch offerings that are served until 4 p.m. on weekends.
Déryné's service team is among the most professional in Budapest, but I wish they weren't so eager to upsell the most expensive dishes to customers (even to regulars).