Vietnami Speciális Melegkonyha
Vietnami Speciális Melegkonyha is a bare-bones Vietnamese restaurants in Budapest, and one of the best of its kind in the city. It also serves many traditional dishes you won't find elsewhere in the city. The only downside is that it's a 15-minute cab ride from the city center, but at least you will get to discover the less-traveled parts of Budapest too. Having taken over the space from an Italian restaurant without redoing the interior, the wallpapers still sport Gothic-windows and a verdant Tuscan countryside, lending a bizarre decor to the dining room.
There are two, flawlessly prepared, traditional Vietnamese comfort dishes that can make it worthwile to trek out here. One of them is an oversized bowl of canh chua sour soup (€6), which is a bright, tamarind-laced broth containing pineapple, tomato, and baby clams. The other is the Southern Vietnamese ca kho to, a filet of braised catfish (€7) that arrives in a clay pot drenched in a sweet and creamy, tamarind- and fish-sauce-based mixture. Watch out for the bones!
The pho (€5) at Vietnami Speciális Melegkonyha, of the traditional northern variety, sings with each spoonful. The deeply flavorful broth with splotches of collagen gleaming on its surface speaks of long hours of cooking (let's just forget about the forlorn-looking herbs that came with the soup though).