ISSUE 93  |  Eastern Europe

Restaurant Visit: New Grandeur in Budapest

October 10, 2013 7:00 PM

BY Justine Hand

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

Above: Cocktails and sparkle.

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.