Komachi is an unfussy Japanese restaurant in Budapest's old Jewish Quarter specializing in everyday Japanese dishes. For a Central Europe-based restaurant, there's a refreshingly broad range of Japanese dishes here including ramen, which is available with three types of broths, tonkatsu, curry, karaage, and donburi.

The ramens are made with springy homemade wheat-flour noodles and slow-cooked pork shoulder. The karaage 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 unremarkable curry. Japanese beers (Sapporo, Kirin Ichiban, Asahi) and a couple of sakes are also served. Prices are reasonable, although portions are on the small side. Also 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. When it opened, the restaurant filled a gaping void in Budapest's meager Japanese food scene; I only wish the service staff was a bit more enthusiastic.

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