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 easy-to-like brand of hip but classy ambiance. 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 with pricey bistro staples like French onion soup (€7) and confit duck leg (€13), but you'll also find the usual suspects of Hungarian cuisine: goulash soup, chicken paprikash (€13), and pork schnitzels (€18). And also túrógombóc, 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. The exhaustive breakfast and brunch offerings, served until 4 p.m. on weekends, include eggs benedict, shakshuka, and avocado toast.

Déryné's service team is among the most professional in Budapest, I just wish they weren't so eager to upsell the most expensive dishes to patrons (even to regulars, I'm told).

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