Salon Restaurant

Salon is fine dining restaurant in Budapest inside the historic and jaw-droppingly ornate New York Café, one of the city's top tourist attractions. Salon's seasonal dishes feature the usual suspects of Hungarian fine dining - at any given time the menu will likely include foie gras, quail breast, or venison saddle. Chef András Wolf oversees the kitchens of both the New York Cafe and Salon, but they're operated separately.

Salon's dishes incorporate common aspects of modern haute cuisine like foam techniques (made of quail intestines here), textures (three types of beetroots), and unexpected ingredients (goose liver glazed with white chocolate). The flavors come together convincingly in all plates, but most of them lack the “wow factor" one expects from a fine dining restaurant. The 7-course tasting menu will set you back by €95 per person (€140 with wine pairing). A 4-course option is also available for €65 / €110.

The fact that Salon is sharing a space with the New York Café, complete with marble columns, frescoes, and carved acanthus leaves, detracts more than adds to the dining experience. It's not just that tourists on the other side of the hall can be noisy, but also that fine dining trends are shifting away exactly from the type of glitz and glamour that Salon currently exhibits. Perhaps this is part of the reason why the space gets less than half-full most evenings.