Restaurant Visit: New Grandeur in Budapest
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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 .