Biwako Ramen House

Biwako fashions itself as a ramen house, but I find their non-ramen Japanese dishes to be their strongest suit: the donburi, the okonomiyaki, and the takoyaki. The restaurant is strategically located across the street from The Japan Foundation in Budapest's District 6, inside a plain, very modest below-ground space.

If you've come here for the ramen (€9), go for the spicy miso base, which is flavorful and not too spicy. Biwako serves some of the best karaage (€6) in Budapest: juicy and tender chicken thighs coated by a crispy crust. I also enjoyed the seafood okonomiyaki (€5), a savory pancake interspersed with squid and octopus and drizzled with paper-thin bonito flakes, and the katsudon (€8), a rice bowl topped with breaded pork and a fried egg. The only letdown was the stale and spongy dorayaki, a Japanese dessert made from red-bean paste.

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