Hú Lù Lu, a modest-looking Vietnamese restaurant in Budapest’s party district, is the type of place where the food speaks louder than the decor (always the better combination). Two Vietnamese-Hungarian twentysomethings originally from Nghệ An, in north-central Vietnam, set out to serve up dishes from their home region alongside Vietnamese classics.
The highlight is the bún bò Huế, a chili-laced spicy noodle soup from central Vietnam sporting herbs, thin slices of beef shank, shaved pork knuckles, and Vietnamese ham (€5). If you can handle it, use the side of chili peppers to spruce up the heat level. The classic pho soups (€5)—available with beef, chicken, and shrimp—are of the milder, northern Vietnamese variety. The bun cha (€6), a popular noodle dish with grilled pork, a mound of herbs, bean sprouts, and pickled vegetables, will also not disappoint.
Apart from traditional Vietnamese food, Hú Lù Lu also serves fried rice, shrimp dumplings, and a dish of marinated sliced duck. Vietnamese drip coffee, both iced and hot, and beers are also available.