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 one of the trendiest restaurants 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 can fall short. I've had several unremarkable meals here, but the labneh (€3) and the baba ganoush starters (€3), both light and flavorful, and the tender chicken tagine (€9) are unlikely to disappoint. I also enjoyed the basbousa (€3), which is a rich semolina cake with a tangy, creamy yogurt that's a perfect foil to the sweet dough.
It's no coincidence that DOBRUMBA is so popular—the owners seem to understand that a homey ambiance, an Instagrammable interior, a kind service, and a deep drinks menu will satisfy a Millennial dining crowd despite the unremarkable dishes. Reservations are a must.