Thanks to a well-connected Hungarian businessman, Budapest is home to a Nobu, the world’s fanciest chain restaurant. Even more impressively, it's the one and only Nobu in Central Europe (the closest one is in Milan). The upscale restaurant is located inside the five-star Kempinski hotel in Budapest's downtown. Visitors familiar with Nobu restaurants elsewhere in the world should rest assured that, in Budapest too, they will find all of Mr. Matsuhisa’s signature dishes. Miso-marinated black cod, squid “pasta”, tiradito, and rock-shrimp tempura comprise the core of the menu, and they are as delicious (and expensive) as anywhere else. If one can get over the fact that the lunch bento box costs over €50 a person, then it can be a real indulgence.

As for the patrons: consistent with Nobu's elite status, the restaurant often serves as a meeting point for high-profile Hungarian politicians and businessmen.