Hanoi Pho Budapest

Hanoi Pho’s moniker is misleading because their pho soup is hardly the reason to visit this Vietnamese restaurant in the heart of Budapest’s downtown near the Parliament building. With a chef duo representing both ends of Vietnam — one of them is from Hanoi, the other Saigon — the restaurant's claim to fame is bringing rarely seen Vietnamese dishes to Budapest. For example, you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere banh xèo (€8), a delicious sizzling savory pancake made from rice flour, coconut milk, and turmeric, and folded with shrimp, lettuce, and bean sprouts.

Apart from Vietnamese classics, the long menu also features Japanese, Thai, and Chinese staples. They're reliable, though not exceptional. Similar to Quán Nón, Hanoi Pho is one of the more elegant Vietnamese restaurants in Budapest that works well for business dinners and other formal occasions despite the subterranean space.

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