Curious where the top 1% 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 type of hip-but-classy ambiance. Déryné has managed to remain popular for all these years, even as similar restaurants have sprouted up in Pest with comparable offerings at lower prices.
In addition to tasty-but-pricey bistro staples like the French onion soup (€6), bouillabaisse (€7), and confit duck leg (€13), they also serve local Hungarian classics. Think pork schnitzels (€16), chicken paprikash (€13), and túrógombóc, which are sweet-tart cottage cheese dumplings 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, avocado toast, and English breakfast.
While Déryné's service team is among the most professional in Budapest, I wish they weren't so eager to upsell the most expensive dishes to patrons.