Take your friends to DOBRUMBA if you want to impress them that Budapest has restaurants as hip as those in the East Village. With a chic crowd, effortlessly cool design, a menu centered around Middle Eastern mezze, DOBRUMBA is one of the trendiest restaurants in Budapest. The only downside, however, is that the food is a bit hit-or-miss.
Having tried almost all dishes on the menu, it appears that most of them are on the bland side and tasting too similar to one another. In the shakshuka, for example, the vegetables don’t quite come together to form a distinctive flavor, the hummus with paprika lacks a creamy texture, and the muhammara (a pepper- and walnut-based spread) is dry. But not all dishes fall short: the labneh and the baba ganoush are light and tasty, the chicken tagine tender. I also enjoyed the basbousa, a sweet semolina cake, whose richness is balanced by the creamy yogurt and pomegranate seeds.
The understated-but-tasteful interior design coupled with oversized windows that are wide open in the summer lend DOBRUMBA a markedly Middle Eastern feel. When combined with the lively ambiance and central location inside Budapest's buzzing Jewish Quarter, it’s understandable why DOBRUMBA is currently one of the most hyped restaurants in the city. Reservations are a must.