Hanoi Pho Budapest

Hanoi Pho’s moniker is misleading as their unremarkable 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 is from Hanoi, the other Saigon), their claim to fame is the under-the-radar Vietnamese dishes rarely found elsewhere in Budapest. For example, it's only in Hanoi Pho where they make banh xèo (€7), a sizzling savory pancake of rice flour, coconut milk, and turmeric, folded and stuffed with shrimp, lettuce, and bean sprouts. Don’t miss it.

Most dishes on the long menu, which includes Vietnamese classics like pho soups, bun cha, spring roll, roasted pork belly, and also Japanese, Thai and Chinese staples, are reliable, though not exceptional. Similar to Quán Nón Restaurant, Hanoi Pho is one of the more elegant Vietnamese restaurants in Budapest that works well for business dinners and other more formal occasions (despite it being below ground).