Gerlóczy is a cute café and restaurant tucked away in an unusually quiet pocket of Budapest's downtown. The tiny plaza outside Gerlóczy is surrounded by elegant pre-war buildings and conjures images of a Paris backstreet. Perhaps this is why the interior, sporting a high ceiling, small round tables, and leather banquettes, feels like a French bistro. Gerlóczy's expansive outdoor terrace is especially enjoyable in the warm months (whenever the local municipality isn't using this precious space for construction equipment storage).
Gerlóczy works best for breakfast and dinner. In the mornings, they serve reliable pan-European breakfast staples including snappy sausages with a side of mustard (€5), a range of omelettes (€5), and quiches (€6). Be sure to order the crispy and flavorful "rustic" bread, too. The dinner menu is a hodgepodge of dishes spanninng from foie gras parfait (€9) to goulash soup (€6) and home-made pasta with prawns (€9).
Most of Gerlóczy's patrons are tourists given that it isn't cheap and has been featured in Budapest guide books. If you enjoy Gerlóczy's ambiance, note that they also operate a boutique hotel on the upstairs floors.