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). This upscale Japanese-Peruvian 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" (€30), tiradito (€20), and rock-shrimp tempura (€7). They are as delicious and expensive as anywhere else—if you can get over the fact that the lunch bento box costs almost €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 alongside well-heeled tourists.