Ennmann Japanese Restaurant

Run by a Chinese couple out of a bare, below-ground space, Ennmann restaurant offers some of the best Japanese food in Budapest. Ennmann’s strongest suit is seafood: besides chirashi, sashimi, and regular sushi (nigiri and maki), they serve a host of maki variations. I went with the six-piece nigiri plate (€9), packing a pair of tuna, salmon, and sea bass each, and it didn’t disappoint. The shrimp tempura—seafood dressed in a thin layer of batter and quickly deep-fried—has a crispy crust and juicy meat. Also good is the katsudon (€9), a rice bowl topped with eggs, onions, and sliced pork cutlet, and the yakisoba (€7) buckwheat noodles.

Expect longer-than-average wait times during peak lunch and dinner hours, but several types of Japanese sake and beers are available to help pass the time. Ennmann is located along a beautiful stretch of the Danube's bank, which makes it all the more frustrating that the dining space is below ground level (there's a stunning view of the Parliament building as you come up the stairs). Prices, similar to comparable Japanese restaurants, are on the higher end by local standards.