Restaurant Visit: New Grandeur in Budapest by

Issue 93 · Eastern Europe · October 10, 2013

Restaurant Visit: New Grandeur in Budapest

Issue 93 · Eastern Europe · October 10, 2013

In Hungary's bustling capital, the latest foodie hot spot is creating a stir, not just with its original menu, but also its old-world-meets-new design. Located on the banks of the Pest, Zona (discovered via Yatzer) is a new bistro and wine bar featuring chef Krisztián Huszár's signature "zone" cuisine (small plates that combine traditional Hungarian with Eastern and Basque flavors). The interiors, a collaborative effort between interior stylist Heni Kiss and Hungarian design firm POS1T1ON, likewise reference the zone concept. The result is fusion of traditional and modern that pays equal homage to Budapest's historic grandeur and its cosmopolitan present.

Photos by Georgij Merjas.

day Zona bistro Budapest, Remodelista

Above: By day, blue-greens mixed with warm wood creates a cooly modernist atmosphere.

day time Zona bistro Budapest, Remodelista

Above: Zona's bar and dining "zones" are clearly demarcated but complementary. Here, a dark steel floor and walls shift to pale parquet and paneling.

Zona wine bar and bistro in Budapest, Remodelista

Above: At night, in the glow of amber lights, the distinction between the areas begins to blur. 

evening dining at Zona wine bar and bistro in Budapest, Remodelista

Above: The space's original details like the parquet floor and paneling are illuminated by 80 hanging globes.

bar at Zona bistro in Budapest, Remodelista

Above: The moody bar area is cloaked in hot-rolled steel, which extends from the walls, floor, and ceiling to the bar itself. It's softened and warmed by a wooden counter and bar stools.

black and white Zona bistro Budapest, Remodelista

Above: Photographed in black in white, Zona has a throwback look.

view Zona bistro Budapest, Remodelista

Above: Towering windows offer a spectacular view of the city lights and the Pest.

drinks Zona bistro Budapest, Remodelista

Above: Cocktails and sparkle.

back bar Zona bistro Budapest, Remodelista

Above: A vast mirrored wall captures the whole scene, city lights and river included.

N.B. Looking to experience more grandeur made modern? Visit A Glamorous Retreat for Modern Mad Men.

 



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