Although I spent the vast majority of my time in Pest, Buda sure was pretty when I visited for most of the Sunday during my stay.
The main draw, aside for a sweaty climb in 30° heat up to the Citadel for unparalleled views of the city, was Bistro Deryne which had been recommended to me as a great place to eat.
Their Sunday brunch is well regarded with live jazz music to accompany diners as they tuck into stylish egg dishes and the like.
The rest of their menu is packed with Hungarian classics and it was from this selection that I ended up choosing.
I’d been seated in a stylish rear salon through the main bar and just upstairs from an elegant wine cellar that looked great for events.
After a moment or two to contemplate things, I settled upon the fish soup to start then followed with the wiener schnitzel. My lovely waitress recommended the heritage tomato salad as a good side dish for the schnitzel.
First up was excellent bread and butter, both made in-house. They were both just splendid.
The soup arrived looking much as expected. A tomatoey broth was infused with delicious seafood notes, with chunks of various sorts in the mix, including cod roe. This was deeply satisfying stuff.
The schnitzel was absolutely vast and looked an intimidating eat, but it was so damn tasty that I easily polished it off. The veal was beautifully tender and moist, with a good, crisp crumb. The tomato salad was right up there with the best I’ve had and that’s saying something after recent similar dishes at Cub and The Little Chartroom.
I’d accompanied this with a glass of local rose called Sauska, which was excellent. I rounded things out with good espresso while others indulged in some elaborate looking desserts.
So overall, Bistro Deryne was a damn fine recommendation and one I’m glad to pass on to you. It served me very good food in wonderful surroundings. I’d strongly recommend you make time for a visit here the next opportunity you get.
Blythe scores Deryne
4.5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4.5/5 for setting
4.5/5 for service
giving an overall 17.5/20
I ate: fish soup, wiener schnitzel, tomato salad
I drank: Sauska, espresso, water
I wore: linen
Total bill: 12960 HUF
Address: Budapest, Krisztina tér 3, 1013