Fleischer is a buzzy restaurant along the tree-lined section of Nagymező utca in Budapest's District 6. Kudos to the owners for having retained the name of the bespoke shirtmaker’s workshop that had long occupied the premises (the same team runs the comparably lively Két Szerecsen across the street). The inside, decked out in subway tiles and crammed with tables, projects fashionable bistro vibes.

The menu consists of foreign and local classics: bouillabaisse, eggplant salad, catfish paprikash, marinated pork belly, and nudli, which are gnocchi-like dumplings served with fruit preserves and sweet poppy seeds. The dishes are tasty, I just wish the portions were a little heartier. The wine list features some of my favorite producers, such as Figula (for olaszrizling), Heimann (for kékfrankos and kadarka), and Oremus (for Tokaji). Bookings accepted only by telephone (+36 30 080 9333).

After your meal, you could drop in to Zsivágó, one of the coziest bars in Budapest.

To remain unbiased, I visit all places incognito and pay for my own meals and drinks. If you're enjoying this article, please consider supporting me by making a one-time payment (PayPal, Venmo).