Gerlóczy is a snug café and restaurant tucked away on an unusually quiet pocket of Budapest's downtown. The charming plaza outside the restaurant, surrounded by elegant pre-war buildings, is a well-kept secret of this otherwise tourist-heavy neighborhood. Gerlóczy's interior evokes French bistro vibes, featuring small round tables, leather banquettes, and a high ceiling. In the warm months, the outdoor terrace is especially enjoyable.

The breakfast menu includes reliable pan-European staples like a pair of frankfurters with a side of mustard, omelettes, and quiche. Be sure to also order a bread basket with warm and crusty slices. The dinner menu is a hodgepodge of dishes spanning from a goulash soup to seafood pasta and steaks. Note that Gerlóczy operates a boutique hotel on the upstairs floors.

We visit all places incognito, pay for our own meals and drinks, and write independent reviews.