Budapest's Chinese food scene is more than meets the eye. The inner city is teeming with low-priced takeouts that adjust flavors to local Hungarian tastes. The best Chinese restaurants are in Budapest’s Chinatown (Monori Center), where you can find everything from Sichuan food to dumpling shops, seafood restaurants, hot pot, and Chinese barbecue. Note that Chinese people eat dinner on the earlier side (around 6 p.m.), so plan accordingly if you prefer a lively ambiance over empty tables around you.
It’s usually a good sign when a Chinese restaurant is buried deep within the city’s Chinatown. You will need to journey out to Monori Center, a 15-minute cab ride from downtown, to find one of the best and priciest Chinese restaurants in Budapest: Spicy Fish. Spicy Fish's menu is divided between mouth-numbing Sichuan and milder Zhejiang dishes. The reason for the seemingly random gastronomic combination of two distant provinces is actually logical—Zhejiang is where most of Budapest's Chinese community hails from, and spicy Sichuan food is very popular currently.