For most people in Budapest, sushi is synonymous with Japanese food. Komachi, a no-frills Japanese restaurant in the city's old Jewish Quarter, is committed to proving otherwise. For a Central Europe-based restaurant, Komachi serves a refreshingly broad range of everyday Japanese dishes. Think: ramen (miso, shio, and soy-based), tonkatsu, curry, karaage, and donburi.
The ramens (€6) are made with home-made, wheat-flour noodles, and slow-cooked pork shoulder. They're hearty and flavorful. The karaage (€5) is exactly as it should be - crunchy on the outside, delicate on the inside; just like one would find at a Tokyo street vendor. The only letdown is the tasteless curry (€6). Three types of Japanese beers (Sapporo, Kirin Ichiban, Asahi) and two types of sakes (a filtered one made from Yamada Nishiki rice and an unfiltered nigori) are also served. Prices are wallet-friendly, although portions are on the small side. Note that the kitchen closes at 9 p.m.!
Komachi is popular among employees of the local Japanese embassy, and most nights at least half of the customers are Asian. Komachi fills a void in Budapest's meager Japanese food scene, and if the waitstaff were a bit more enthusiastic, it would be almost too good to be true.