101 Bistro Budapest

101 Bistro is a recent addition to Budapest’s growing group of hip pan-Asian restaurants. It’s the type of place where ear-catching Japanese hip-hop drifts from the speakers and a sleek wood-paneled interior with small tables and low backless stools evoke the dining rooms of Tokyo.

Chef Márton Keve, who cut his teeth abroad, is in charge of the kitchen, which draws inspiration from the food of Taiwan. Think braised pork rice (lu rou fan), packing tender cubes of pork belly sitting on a bed of firm rice grains brightened with sugary soy sauce and thin slices of ginger. The concept is small plates, many of them vegan, such as the excellent fried sweet-sour eggplants. 101 Bistro isn't cheap: a dinner with drinks will set you back €40-45 per person or so. After your meal, you could head next door to Nemdebár, one of the coolest bars on the Buda side.

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