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 as if 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 through all these years, even as comparable restaurants have sprouted up on the other side of the Danube with lower price points.
The menu skews French, featuring pricey bistro staples, 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. 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 has an excellent service team, but I wish they weren't so eager to upsell the most expensive dishes to customers.
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