Yan Jiang Nan Restaurant / 燕江南 (Fecskék Étterem)

A landlocked country like Hungary isn’t kind to chefs with seafood ambitions, especially one where the fish and seafood consumption is the lowest within the EU. But instead of the seafood-resistant Hungarians, Yan Jiang Nan (Fecskék), which is located in Budapest's Chinatown, draws local Chinese people, who can better appreciate the bounties of the sea. The restaurants imports the crustaceans by air from Italy and Greece.

It's easy to get lost in Yan Jiang Nan's long menu, featuring more than 200 dishes, but here's my advice: get a couple of light starters like boiled dumplings (€6), the shrimp soup, and the steamed Chinese yam (€6), followed by one of the prized seafoods like the fried crab dusted with ginger and onions (€30) or the whole steamed lobster (€70). After you order, a cook will soon appear in the dining area to scoop out from the exposed fish tank a live animal that will soon reappear on your plate in edible form.

Yan Jiang Nan's puritan ground floor is deceptive—there are swanky private dining rooms upstairs ideal for larger groups. Note that the restaurant is among the pricier Chinese places in Chinatown, but at lunchtime they serve wallet-friendly (€5) dishes from a limited menu.

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