Taiwan Restaurant

The farther from downtown, the better the food - this is the rule of thumb in Budapest when it comes to finding good Chinese restaurants. When Taiwan Restaurant opened in 1991, it was one of the first places to serve authentic Chinese flavors. Nearly three decades later Taiwan is still among the best Chinese restaurants in Budapest, so don't be discouraged by the odd location of this destination restaurant. It's worth leaving the city center for, and it's easy to get to by subway (take the M3 train to Nagyvárad tér).

The food at Taiwan is slightly adjusted to local taste preferences, but not so much to deter local Chinese residents as manifested by a full house most evenings with about half of the patrons being Asian. Taiwan serves food from many parts of China, but their claim to fame is the Peking duck, which, depending on your appetite, feeds anywhere from two to four persons.

Observing the Chinese traditions, the bird is carved table-side at Taiwan Restaurant and comes with fresh cucumbers, scallions, and a rich hoisin sauce. Pack all the ingredients into the small, thin pancakes, and let the indulgence begin. You can request that the duck bones, with precious bites of meats attached to them, be deep fried in a light batter and served as a post-meal snack (they're free of charge). The dim sum dishes are also reliably good at Taiwan, especially the fried taro roots and the steamed shrimp dumplings, and I also enjoyed the simple and delicious hot and sour soup, which is a far cry from the versions served in takeout places in downtown.