When I'd like to impress my friends that Budapest has restaurants as hip as those in New York's East Village, I take them out to DOBRUMBA. With a chic crowd, effortlessly cool design, and a Middle Eastern menu, DOBRUMBA is a wildly popular place inside Budapest's buzzing Jewish Quarter. It's 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 can fall short. I've had a couple of unremarkable meals here, but the creamy labneh and the baba ganoush starters, both light and flavorful, and the tender chicken tagine (€10) are unlikely to disappoint. I also enjoyed the basbousa, a rich and sugary semolina cake blanketed in a tangy yogurt, a nice contrast to the sweet dough.

It’s no coincidence that DOBRUMBA is so popular — the owners seem to have understood that a cool ambience, an Instagrammable interior, and a deep drinks menu will satisfy most Millennial diners even if the dishes are just okay. They have another successful restaurant on the Buda side run in a similar vein (PINGRUMBA). Reservations are an absolute must.

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