TÁBLA Restaurant

TÁBLA is a small breakfast-only restaurant located in Budapest's trendy Jewish quarter. It's one of the two restaurants run by chef Gábor Fehér, a local young gun (the other, next door to TÁBLA, is ESCA, a fine dining studio restaurant). The designed space features white brick walls, sleek wooden tables, and the type of couch often found in the lobbies of boutique hotels. The floor-to-ceiling window swings open in the summertime.

TÁBLA's breakfast, which is served from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, includes many of the trendy items you would find in other cities around the world: avocado toast, quinoa salad, and granola with yogurt. They also make several types of bagels (€6) which are of the original, denser (boiled) variety. Although Gábor Fehér's skills shine through in the dishes, be it the eggs Benedict (€7) or the creamy scrambled eggs (€6), I find the portions to be a bit small in relation to the prices. €7 for three teeny tiny slices of breads topped with thin slices of avocado would seem pricey even in countries better off than Hungary.

Nonetheless, if you enjoy the food and the atmosphere at TÁBLA and want to kick it up a notch, try ESCA for dinner next door. Note that TÁBLA is closed on weekends.