Ramenka is a chic, shoe-box-sized ramen shop right on Kazinczy Street, Budapest’s party central, a stone's throw away from the famed Szimpla ruin bar. This tourist-heavy location means that Ramenka is constantly filled to capacity with a foreign crowd, often with a line forming outside the building. Guests eat at the elongated communal table in the middle of the small space, and thanks to the backless, uncomfortable tree stumps used as stools, there's little post-meal lingering—tables turn over quickly.
Ramenka serves six types of ramens, of which the classic "ramenka" with half a dozen pieces of perfectly tender slices of pork belly is the one to go for (€6). I wished, however, that the bowl wasn't so generously packed with wood ear mushrooms, grated carrots, and soybean sprouts, which detracted from the main ingredients—broth, noodles, pork. If you aren't a fan of pork belly, you can also order the soups sans meat, or with chicken, beef, or seafood. Portions are generous.