HILDA is one of the restaurants lining downtown's increasingly fashionable Nádor Street. The area has come to life as a growing number of tourists and international students from the nearby Central European University pass through. With a perfect curb appeal, you will notice HILDA's Instagrammable interior even before entering the space. An oversized stained glass mosaic covers one of the walls in its entirety, and the bar is studded with rows of dark blue, glazed Zsolnay ceramic tiles, the same brand that decorates the lobby of the Four Seasons around the corner from here.
Similar to the interior, the food also features a little bit of everything. Aside from the plump rotisserie chicken slowly making its rounds on a horizontal spit, HILDA also serves a classic goulash soup (€5), chicken paprikash (€13), and a range of breakfast dishes. The standouts are the tender mangalica pork loin with celeriac cream, and the seasonally changing chef's specials (both €13). On Sundays, brunch is available until 5 p.m. and consists of the usual suspects, of which I enjoy most the creamy croque madame (€8). Note that breakfast is only available on weekends.
With decorative dishes, top-of-the-line ingredients - HILDA uses many of the same suppliers as Budapest's Michelin-starred restaurants - and a chic 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. (HILDA's name pays homage to the building's architect, József Hild.)