Funky Pho is a closet-sized eatery hiding in a quiet side street just off Andrássy Avenue in District 6. The place makes some of the best pho soups in Budapest, and that’s saying a lot in a city flooded with restaurants specializing in pho. The small space, with only two tables and less than ten counter seats, goes for a chic Vietnamese street food look with pop art wall paintings, and conical hats hanging from the ceiling.
The star of the short menu here is the beef pho (the small bowl runs only €4). The bone broth has a noticeably brown hue and a deeply savory flavor, although I prefer my broth more collagen-rich and gelled. The beef pho comes either with raw sirloins onto which they ladle the hot broth that immediately cooks it into tender slices, or, if you prefer a firmer but still soft texture, opt for the beef shanks.
In addition to the soups, I enjoyed the cold tripe salad drizzled with leeks, and the mandu (Korean dumplings). Not all dishes, however, shine so brightly. The seaweed salad was too salty, the summer roll a bit dry (although the peanut dipping sauce is awesome). For those with food allergies, Funky Pho is an egg and dairy-free restaurant with an extensive selection of vegetarian dishes.
Funky Pho draws crowds from all over the city, so you should expect to have to wait about 10 minutes to get your food; it pays off if you keep an eye out for an empty chair while waiting.