Két Szerecsen Bistro

Opened almost 20 years ago, Két Szerecsen is a fixture in the Budapest restaurant scene. It's located between the stately Andrássy Avenue and the Jewish Quarter's main artery, Király Street, occupying a precious piece of no man’s land. The bright space is crammed with tables that receive plenty of natural light through the oversized windows.

As if to please all tastes, Két Szerecsen serves a notably varied group of dishes: Moroccan lamb shoulder paired with couscous (€13), Thai green curry with prawn (€13), and Hungarian chicken paprikash (€9) appear side-by-side on the menu. While these plates have been fine-tuned over the years, they're far from fine dining-caliber, and also somewhat overpriced, which explains why the clientele consists mainly of tourists.

Breakfast is my favorite meal at Két Szerecsen. The "Viennese breakfast," featuring frankfurters with horseradish and mustard (€10), the eggs benedict (€6), and the plain-but-creamy and sizeable mushroom omelette (€5) are all perfectly satisfying. You're best off, however, skipping the “Hungarian peasant” breakfast platter. Advance booking is recommended.