Although Budapest has a sizeable Vietnamese community, the city isn’t overflowing with insanely good Vietnamese restaurants. For historical reasons, most places serve exclusively northern-Vietnamese fare—communist Hungary accepted immigrants from north—and even those dishes are limited in range and diluted in flavor to meet what the owners believe Hungarian diners can handle. The places below, however, stand out of the sea of Budapest's pho restaurants, also serving staples like com dia (over-rice dishes), banh cuon (steamed rice rolls), bun cha (grilled pork and noodle), canh chua (sour soups), ca kho to (caramelized fish), and banh xèo (sizzling pancake).
Budapest’s sleepy Szondi Street in District 6, lined with Thai, Indian, Korean, and Vietnamese restaurants near one another, is a paradise of ethnic cuisine. One of them, Saigon Bistro, a humble, takeout-looking spot, is one of the few Southern Vietnamese places in Budapest (Hungary took immigrants from the communist north during the Vietnam War), meaning that the dishes pack more herbs, garnishes, and sweeter flavors than elsewhere.