Running Melbourne a close second on our list of places we’d like to emigrate to is Budapest – not only is the flight a damn sight easier on the knees (business class travellers might like to snort slightly with derision here), but there’s also a seemingly ceaseless flow of new, quality hospitality spaces rushing in to the old city – places in which we could hold important eat-while-you-meet strategy seminars (about the next works night out) and then pretend to write up the minutes (while emailing our mums).
We never did get our heads around the name of the steakhouse and bar KNRDY – if they were saving money on signage vowels then the developers certainly re-invested it in the interior, by the Suto design company. An American grill with a New York flavour, the aesthetic of this venue is urban industrial, with blackened iron support structures set against the plaster and bare brick walls of what was once the heart of this centenarian building, the courtyard. Into this 250sqm shell, Sotu added chairs and tables by Tom Dixon and bar seating from Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, plus lights emanating from the workshops of Patricia Urquiola and Artemide Tormoleo. Well done, in a charred way.