Király 100 Restaurant

The outer part of the Grand Boulevard (Nagykörút) is much different than the inner side. The Jewish Quarter’s stag-party apocalypse doesn’t reach this far - the streets quiet down as night falls and residents are still mainly locals rather than Airbnb guests. The neighborhood’s mom-and-pop stores and dilapidated buildings remind me of what much of Budapest was like in the 1990s.

Király 100 restaurant, which opened in 1994 and abuts Király Street, a historic thoroughfare, is the biggest restaurant in the neighborhood. The two-story interior, decked out in warm, blond wooden beams, evokes the German beer hall vibes. Presumably, the design choice was meant to be a hat-tip to the beer hall that first opened here in 1893. (Even today, many people come just for beers, of which four pricey lagers are available on draft.)

The food is unlikely to disappoint you, but the flavors fall short when compared with those at places like Rosenstein or Café Kör. Among the better dishes were the liver dumpling soup (€4), the mangalica pork neck (€13) paired with a side of crispy potatoes and lecsó, a Hungarian ratatouille, and also the pork tenderloins coated in strips of bacon (€13). Servers at Király 100 are kind and accommodating. In fact, they're one of the best waitstaffs I’ve encountered in Budapest.

The prices, unfortunately, are on par with, if not higher than, comparable downtown restaurants, meaning that you're unlikely to find a main course below €10. Most patrons are middle-class Hungarian families of the type that prefer their neighborhood joint to the trendy spot downtown.