Helmed by seasoned Japanese sushi chef, Yoshihito Hirose, Kicsi Japán is a tiny Japanese counter service restaurant in Corvin negyed, a bit outside the city center in Budapest’s District 9. For this shoe-box sized space, the food offerings are notably wide: There’s everything from donburi (rice bowls) to Japanese snacks like karaage and takoyaki, and also nigiri sushi, chirashi bowls, and sashimi (€10).

Given the space limitations, not everything is made to order and I’ve had unexciting gyoza and takoyaki here. Come for the sushi and the fish-based rice bowls instead; sushi is only available on weekday evenings and during the weekends. They’re especially good when Mr. Hirose is present to make them.

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