HILDA is a chic downtown restaurant on the increasingly fashionable Nádor Street, an area that has come to life as a growing number of tourists and international students from the nearby Central European University pass through. HILDA has a perfect curb appeal and Instagrammable interior: an oversized stained glass mosaic covers one of the walls in its entirety, and the bar is studded with dark blue, glazed Zsolnay ceramic tiles, the same brand that decorates the lobby of the Four Seasons around the corner from here.
They serve a classic goulash soup (€5), chicken paprikash (€13), and a range of on-trend breakfast dishes of which you shouldn't miss the creamy croque madame (€8). My favorite mains are chef Mátyás Igaz's seasonal specialties which might include a tender mangalica pork loin with celeriac cream (€13). Note that breakfast is only available on weekends, served until 5 p.m.
With decorative dishes, top-of-the-line ingredients—HILDA uses many of the same suppliers as Budapest's Michelin-starred restaurants—and a snug interior, HILDA feels like a Bib Gourmand restaurant. Before you leave, take a glimpse at the limestone tiger sitting perched atop the main entrance—those vigilant eyes have been guarding the building since 1840.