Thanks to a late Hungarian businessman, Andy Vajna, who had Hollywood connections, Budapest is home to a Nobu, the world’s fanciest chain restaurant (Robert De Niro is an owner). Even more impressively, it's the one and only Nobu in Central Europe with the closest being in Milan. This upscale Japanese-Peruvian restaurant is located inside the five-star Kempinski hotel in Budapest's downtown.

If you're familiar with Nobu restaurants elsewhere in the world, rest assured that in Budapest, too, you'll will find all of Mr. Matsuhisa’s signature dishes: miso-marinated black cod, squid “pasta" (€30), tiradito (€20), and rock-shrimp tempura (€7). These plates are as delicious and expensive as anywhere else—once you get over the fact that the lunch bento box costs €50 per person then it's a real treat. 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.

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