Ramenka is a chic ramen shop right on Kazinczy Street in Budapest’s party central, a stone's throw away from the famous Szimpla ruin bar. This tourist-heavy location means that the place is filled to capacity at all times with a foreign crowd, often with a line forming outside the building. Guests have to eat at the elongated communal table that anchors the tiny inside. Thanks to the backless, uncomfortable tree stumps used as stools, there's little post-meal lingering and tables turn over quickly.

Ramenka serves six types of ramens. My favorite is the classic "ramenka" (€7) studded with half a dozen pieces of tender pork belly slices (I wish the bowl wasn't so generously packed with wood ear mushrooms and grated carrots because they detracted from the chief ingredients: broth, noodles, pork.) Though technically not ramen, there are also soups with beef, chicken, seafood, and vegetables.

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