Hungary, Budapest, None
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 organiser of Eastern Europe's top international contemporary art fair. Chef Árpád Győrffy – previously chef at Arany Kaviár and sous chef at Alabárdos in Budapest – has created a menu that blends local and international flavours, 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. 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.