When I want to impress my friends that Budapest has restaurants as hip as those in the East Village, I take them out to DOBRUMBA. With a chic crowd, effortlessly cool design, and a Middle Eastern menu, DOBRUMBA is a trendy and wildly popular restaurant inside Budapest's buzzing Jewish Quarter. The place is especially enjoyable in the warmer months when the oversized windows swing open and the ear-catching electronic music wafts into the street.

Unfortunately, the food here can fall short. I've had several unremarkable meals, but the labneh (€3) and the baba ganoush (€3) starters, both light and flavorful, and the tender chicken tagine (€9) are unlikely to disappoint. I also enjoyed the basbousa (€3), a rich semolina cake blanketed in a tangy yogurt, a nice contrast to the sweet dough.

I'm not surprised that DOBRUMBA is so popular—the owners seem to rightfully understand that a homey ambiance, an Instagrammable interior, a kind service, and a deep drinks menu will satisfy millennial diners (even if the dishes are just okay). Reservations are a must.

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