Located a bit outside the city center in Budapest's District 9, Paletta is a modern restaurant emphasizing the food of Transdanubia, especially the region near Lake Balaton in western Hungary. They also draw inspiration from abroad, which is why you might find a "margherita DOP Balaton" or a "BBC cigánypecsenye" on the slim menu. Unfortunately, many of the dishes need a bit more work. Said barbecue pork (€12) was aggressively oversalted, and both the catfish soup and the "peasant tapas" appetizer seemed more exciting on the menu than on the plate.

I find Paletta's culinary concept admirable and here's hoping that the kitchen will iron out the kinks. Note that at lunchtime they only serve a two and a three-course pre-fixe from a shorter menu (€7-8).

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