Dang Muoi (Attila Street)
Excellent restaurants often turn up in the most unlikely places. Dang Muoi is situated on a noisy, car-saturated road in Buda with little foot traffic—not exactly a restaurateur's dream location. In the 1990s, Dang Muoi started as a small food stall on the other side of the Danube and has since expanded into three locations across Budapest, having found the way to Hungarians' hearts and stomachs. Don't expect trendy mid-century furnishings or a hip ambiance—it's the food that takes center stage here.
While most locals generally stick to pho (€5), fried rice plates (€6), and spring rolls—which are all good—Dang Muoi also serves less common Vietnamese dishes like bun cha, which are intensely flavorful strips of grilled pork belly garnished with fresh herbs and rice noodles (€7). Another rarely seen dish in Budapest is thit heo quay, a Chinese-style crispy roast pork served with a side of steamed rice and fish sauce (€8). Don't miss it. Note that Dang Muoi often gets mobbed by diners so try booking in advance.