Zeller is a tourist-heavy restaurant in Budapest's downtown near St. Stephen’s Basilica, one of the city's main attractions. Upon arrival, you'll be handed a complimentary Prosecco—albeit slightly flat and presented without much enthusiasm—before being led to one of the four indoor dining rooms. Try to sit is in the light-filled interior courtyard topped with a sky window and filled with greenery. All tables come with doodle-inspiring paper and colored pencils.
Does Zeller live up to the hype? The short answer: not entirely. The dishes are reliable, but slightly overpriced (mains are €13-20) and far from memorable. The menu is a hodgepodge of pricey meats — think wild boar, duck liver, mangalitsa, lamb, venison — served with unexciting vegetables on the side. There's a wine list featuring Hungarian bottles.
Overall, my impression is that Zeller has gotten a bit too comfortable with its popularity and the kitchen could use some of the ambition that made it so popular in the first place.