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 within 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 to pho soups to tempura to fried rice to fried noodles (all in the €10-12 range).
If a hopping spot focused on visual impressions — 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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