Many people are automatically turned off by restaurants set inside hotels, and usually for good reason: food rarely takes center stage. Not so with Kiosk Buda, a hip restaurant on the ground floor of the chic Hotel Clark with panoramic views onto the Danube and the Chain Bridge. The place is the project of local restaurateur Hubert Hlatky Schlichter, the "Danny Meyer of Budapest," also in charge of Kiosk Pest and Michelin-starred Babel.
Fitted with plush banquettes, midcentury chairs, blond wood, and floor-to-ceiling windows, Kiosk's sleek interior could stand up to most restaurants around the world. While the menu also features some pricey steaks, you’re better off eating through the updated Hungarian classics instead. Start with the goulash (€6), generously layered with beef, potatoes, and carrots.
Also good is the chicken paprikash (€12). Rather than simply stewing the chicken, they sous-vide and pan-roast cuts of breast and thigh before bathing them in a paprika-laced sauce. Don’t sleep on the sour cream-topped cucumber salad, the obligatory side dish to it. If you have room for dessert, both the sweet-tart cottage cheese dumpling (túrógombóc; €6) and the puppy-seeds blanketed mákos guba are worth your stomach space.
The best way to reach Kiosk from Pest – where most tourists stay – is walking across the Chain Bridge. The restaurant only takes ten minutes to reach from Pest, and crossing the river is an experience in itself.