In 2015, three young Vietnamese-Hungarians with a passion for cooking and a background in fashion and design launched a trendy Asian-fusion restaurant, Sáo, in the tourist-packed Jewish Quarter of Budapest. Spurred by Sáo's success, they later opened KHAN, another chic, Instragram-friendly venue, situated in the residential Újlipótváros neighborhood a bit outside the city center.

Here, too, a striking interior complete with contemporary art, sleek wood finishes, concrete columns, and Asian collectibles is positively overwhelming. And here, too, the dishes are a collection of slightly overpriced but tasty pan-Asian staples ranging from dumplings (€6) to pho soups (€9), tempura (€6), fried rice (€9), and fried noodles (€10).

If a hopping spot with a striking interior—food is served in beautifully hand-crafted Vietnamese ceramic bowls—gets you going, then you'll likely enjoy KHAN. Otherwise, you can also explore some of Budapest's more under-the-radar Asian restaurants that serve more adventurous dishes at lower price points (see the best Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese restaurants).

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