Quán Nón Restaurant

A sleek dining space, trilingual menus, and a prime downtown location are not usually hallmarks of Budapest's normally humble, mom-and-pop Vietnamese restaurants. Not so with Quán Nón.

The standout dish here is the bun cha (€6), a northern Vietnamese staple of grilled pork patties paired with rice vermicelli and the ever-present, sweet-sour nước chấm dressing. The pork arrives perfectly marinated and with splotches of char from the grill—bun cha is difficult to find in Budapest, and Quán Nón makes some of the best. Broken rice (cơm tấm) is another rarely-seen Vietnamese food of roast pork paired with broken grains of rice that Vietnamese famers couldn’t sell and had to eat themselves (€6). The classic pho bo (€6) will also not disappoint.

Prices are reasonable for the quality of food and central location—if you’re looking for Vietnamese fare in the heart of Budapest inside a somewhat formal space, Quán Nón is a great option.