February 14, 2018
This Valentine’s Day, Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest and KOLLÁZS – Brasserie & Bar celebrates the occasion with a bright selection of little touches that will make this day a memorable one
Gresham Palace is gloriously positioned on the East bank of the Danube River at the foot of the Chain Bridge, was built between 1904-1906. The building was designed by architect Zsigmond Quittner, in Art Nouveau style, or rather it’s Hungarian equivalent „Secession”. The Gresham was built to host the aristocrats and riches of the era, with the Gresham Life Assurance Company occupying the first floor and part of the ground floor, and apartments the rest of it.
The left corner of the building had originally been a Café, almost from the beginning, it was called Gresham-Venezia. Later the Café hosted the so called Gresham Circle that was made up by Hungarian artists and the intelligentsia.
Four Seasons Hotel, opened in 2004, is the rebirth of the city’s century-old Gresham Palace, acclaimed as one of the world’s finest Art Nouveau buildings with its soaring winter gardens, grand staircases, stained glass, mosaics and ironwork. After a five-year restoration, the Hotel is a dedicated historical, world heritage building.
KOLLÁZS’s restaurant manager, Sébastien Dehaye first discovered his passion for food & beverage in the suburbs of Paris, France. Following his childhood dream, he wanted to dedicate his life to the hospitality industry, in which he started his professional career at an early age. Sébastien attended the École Hoteliere de Paris catering school, and at the age of 15 he participated in an internship at Marius et Janette, considered to be as one of the best fish restaurants in Paris, and reaching this dream did not seem so far away anymore. His knowledge rapidly broadened and he soon realised that his personality and plans developed in the desired direction.
After working at the most prominent restaurants, as the Les Ambassadeurs at Hotel de Crillon or at the Hotel le Bristol, as well as the greatest cities around the world, including Paris, London, Moscow, he then settled in Hong Kong as the Restaurant Manager of a prestigious, 2 Michelin Star restaurant, Pierre Gagnaire at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong before arriving to KOLLÁZS – Brasserie & Bar.
The Head of KOLLÁZS is an aficionado of football and believes that managing a restaurant is similar to coaching a successful club.
Sébastien strongly believes that the service is all about guest, and the most important skill is the ability to adapt ourselves, and create a tailor-made service and a unique experience for every single guest.
“Take a dose of adrenaline!”
KOLLÁZS’s chef is about to reinvent the modern bistro kitchen in luxury brasserie style. He believes everything is about textures and variations – to create exciting bistro plates without following the classical style or trend, smudging a little wind into it, to present rather sophisticated meals, than classical brasserie dishes.
Originally he wanted to become a pilot, however he fell in love with the atmosphere of a professional kitchen. He started his chef-journey at the Budapest-based Alabárdos, where he soon became a Sous-Chef. After he settled as the Executive Chef of the prestigious Russian restaurant, Arany Kaviár.
Árpád participated in several competitions and won the 2nd place in the National Cooking competition in 2011. In 2013 he won the 3rd place within the Bocuse D’Or Hungary competition.
The herald of KOLLÁZS
The herald of KOLLÁZS presents the restaurant as a cool, but at the same time a sophisticated, chic dining venue.
Our PR guru lived in Paris for five years, where she has completed a brand management MBA, worked for the publishing house, Assouline, as well as for Christian Dior, followed by her transfer to Budapest. Her clients included Louis Vuitton, Swarovski among others. In KOLLÁZS the great team, the restaurant’s variety and Art Market’s ‘Collage’ exhibition inspires her the most.
Fanni Bakos-Blumenthal has been driven to the world of PR by her innate curiosity.
She enjoys creating the dream of the new world of KOLLÁZS, which is why she is enthusiastic about the word ‘kollázs’ (collage). “This expression emphasizes the creative combinations that cover all areas of gastronomy – the grill bar, the á la carte menu compiled by our chef, the bakery and confectionery, the exclusive wine list and the bar’s offer. This allows us to keep posting interesting information and news about the restaurant.”
Vibrant and inspiring, yet casual and affordable, KOLLÁZS - Brasserie & Bar is a contemporary 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.
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.Read more
We joined our forces with fine art photography gallery LUMAS Budapest, and designed a special art program to revive the artistic spirit of the Gresham Circle and to fill up the space again with top notch contemporary art. Nearly 100 years ago the hotel’s current location, previously well known as the Gresham Palace, hosted the legendary Gresham Circle’s meetings, where key figures of the Hungarian art scene gathered frequently; the lively café environment, pleasant drinks and excellent food inspired the creative atmosphere as well as the actual creation of several artworks.
Temporary exhibitions showcase site-specific collections of artworks with new selections four times a year. KOLLÁZS aims to bring back the creative and lively atmosphere of the Gresham days, and combines it with the excitement of art that is truly contemporary.
The current exhibition, “No Two Artworks Taste Alike” presents artworks by established artists and promising newcomers.
Photographs by Bence Bakonyi.
Breakfast: 06:30 – 10:30
Lunch: 12:00 – 15:00
Afternoon Menu: 15:00 – 18:00
Dinner: 18:00 – 22:30
Sunday Brunch: 12:00 – 15:00, price: 11.900 HUF per person + 12 % service charge
Cuisine: French, Hungarian
Children dining policy: Complimentary for children under 5 years old, 50 % discount applies on Brunch and Special Event prices for children between the age of 5 and 12. Kids’ Menu available for Lunch and Dinner service.
Smoking area: Allowed only on the Széchenyi and Bar Terrace.
Dogs or pets: Allowed only on the Bar Terrace.