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“Good Food, Great Service for Fine Dining in Budapest”

KOLLAZS - Brasserie & Bar
Ranked #35 of 3,204 Restaurants in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $29 - $46
Cuisines: Hungarian, Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: District V / Inner City
Description: Vibrant and inspiring, yet casual and affordable, KOLLÁZS - Brasserie & Bar is a contemporary European brasserie in a landmark Budapest location, overlooking the Chain Bridge and the Danube River. The Hungarian word for "collage," KOLLÁZS highlights creative combinations in all aspects of the dining experience. The interior design reflects the artistic era of the 1910s and '20s, honouring Art Nouveau style and Budapest's legendary coffee house culture. Conceived by EDG Design of San Francisco, the look is a collage of the old and new, the luxurious and simple, in keeping with the character of Budapest. Bringing together four distinct focal points - the rotisserie, bar, wine cellar and patisserie - as well as a convertible, all-season terrace, the environment feels hip and comfortable, whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner. To contrast the historic interior, the artwork on display is contemporary, featuring regularly changing shows curated by Art Market Budapest, the organizer of Eastern Europe's top international contemporary art fair. Chef Árpád Györffy - previously chef at Arany Kaviár and sous-chef at Alabárdos in Budapest - has created a menu that blends local and international flavors, as well as traditional and modern dishes. The focus is on modern European and French brasserie cuisine with signature Hungarian specialties. Cocktails are traditional yet with chic, modern flair, based on a bar menu created by Jaime Jones, the London-based international bar consultant and global gin connoisseur. Kollázs's sommelier, Mátyás Szik, has won twice the Hungarian Sommelier Championship - in 2013 and 2014 - and was previously head sommelier at Budapest's Prime Steak & Wine. The music at KOLLÁZS blends well-known songs, such as Hungarian and French tracks from the 1950s and '60s, with modern sounds - in a soundtrack selected exclusively for the restaurant. Headed by restaurant manager Mihály Kártyás, the KOLLÁZS team provides service that is casual, friendly and social. As part of the plan to create a lively atmosphere, the restaurant offers reasonable prices that are intended to attract an eclectic mix of people. As Budapest emerges as a modern metropolis, KOLLÁZS perfectly captures the dynamic spirit of the city: historic yet contemporary, timeless yet fresh, glamorous yet relaxed. KOLLÁZS promises to become one of Budapest's most popular dining destinations - welcoming with understated, informal elegance.
Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
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“Good Food, Great Service for Fine Dining in Budapest”
Reviewed December 19, 2012

We ate at the Gresham our first night in Budapest (we were staying at the Four Seasons). Overall, we had a good meal and it was a nice introduction into Hungarian cuisine.

The menu gives diners three options: pre-fix, Italian and Hungarian. Since it was our first time in Hungary, our group ordered from the Hungarian menu. The service staff picked up on our enthusiasm to try everything because they brought out some Goulash soup for us to try on the house (with a delicious spicy Paprika oil that I ended up buying a bottle of because it was delicious). The soup was a nice start, as was the bread dipped in a pumpkin seed oil with apple balsamic.

Between the three of us, we started with smoked duck breast salad, smoked trout and foie gras two ways. The consensus of the group was that it was good. My Mom loved her foie gras. I thought my salad needed a bit more seasoning but, other than that, perfectly enjoyable.

For dinner, My Dad and I had the Chicken Paprikash (photo below). My Mom had a pasta dish. Again, everything was very good.

We did not try dessert as we were very full, but it looked great at the other tables.

Overall, we would definitely eat here again. Aside from a good meal, the service was excellent and the view was spectacular.

  • Visited December 2012
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Budapest, Hungary
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“Simle excellence in the best Budapest view”
Reviewed December 8, 2012

This is simply the best cafe and restaurant in budapest.full stop.the cafe comes with small cookies and sparkling mineral water all in án atmosphere and ambiance which is unparalleled in this capital city.the service is of the highest standards.i come here whenever i need some indulgence or would like to experience what is perfection both in terms of quality,location and staff.i highly recommend for anybody visiting this city to try and visit the gresham cafe.cant wait to be back with my family!

Visited December 2012
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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“Top quality”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

We were very satisfied here. When we arrived, we were the only guests in the very big restaurant - with a nice view across the river - and only a few other guests held us company during the evening. Service and food was first class. We started with buffallo mozzarella cheese, very tasty, followed by grilled Argentinian beef and roasted lamb. Simply perfect! After a lovely dessert, we enjoyed a cognac at the fireplace next to the restaurant and enjoyed the atmosphere and hospitality. My compliments!

  • Visited October 2012
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Mid Calder, Scotland
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“Sheer class and elegance”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

Exquisite cake and coffee in wonderful ambience of converted bank building. A truly grand establishment but not at all oppressive. A "must visit" if in Budapest.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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“Gold Card Cyclists”
Reviewed November 16, 2012

We crawled out of the rain in the hope that we might squeeze in without a booking - the place was full but every effort was made to fit us in. Excellent food beautifully presented. The friendliness and quality of service unsurpassed on our trip. A classy meal in a classy place - not outragiously priced.

  • Visited September 2012
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