Vietnami Speciális Melegkonyha

Vietnami Speciális Melegkonyha is a bare-bones restaurant outside the city center serving traditional Vietnamese dishes you won't find elsewhere in Budapest. Location is the only downside: it takes about 20 minutes by car to get here from downtown, but at least you'll discover the less-traveled parts of Budapest. The owners took over the space from an Italian restaurant without redoing the interior, resulting in bizarre interior complete with Gothic windows and a Tuscan countryside.

There are two flawlessly prepared Vietnamese comfort dishes that can make a trek out here worthwhile. One of them is the oversized bowl of canh chua sour soup (€6), 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) arriving in a clay pot smothered in a sweet-tart sauce. Watch out for the bones! The pho (€5) at Vietnami Speciális Melegkonyha is of the traditional northern variety served in a flavorful broth that speaks of long hours of cooking.

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