Top 10 Non-Hungarian Restaurants in Budapest, Part I

There were a lot of requests for best restaurants, period. That sets the bar pretty high, and would require me to visit lots and lots of places I haven’t been yet, including Nobu, Costes and others (if you’re interested in financing such visits, let me know!). However, I often seek out spicy food and unusual culinary experiences, so I will start you out with some non-Hungarian food choices in the city…

1. Kis Parázs – Finally! That’s what I said when I (finally) had the chance to visit this tiny hole in the wall. Authentic Thai food in Budapest. I have been a Thai food lover for decades,  and enjoyed the Thai food craze in cities from Tokyo to New York to Amsterdam, and I’ve had the real thing in Bangkok, so I feel I can say that this little place has it. There are only five tables, and no frills whatsoever. You’ll probably have to wait in line for a spot. But who needs frills when the food is the real deal? This tiny place does have a slightly more upscale sister, Parázs Presszó, but I haven’t been there yet and am happy with the zero-atmosphere Kis Parázs, especially since the latter is in a neighborhood just oozing with Budapestian bohemianism, i.e., the home of the ruin pubs. It’s on Kazinczy utca near Szimpla, whereas the larger Presszó is at Jókai utca 8 – there you’ll need a reservation, by the way. See www.parazspresszo.com for more on this pair of Thai treats. What to order? Anything and everything. And some extra to take home for your next meal.

2. Taiwan – Nothing beats a leisurely Sunday brunch brimming with steamy dim sum, or an evening around a lazy Susan spinning with plate after plate of steaming, saucy, spicy things. For me, that’s authentic Chinese, a far cry from your neighborhood “gyorsbüfé,” which I have also been known to frequent. Taiwan is a sprawling restaurant, room after room filled with round tables, dramatic bird and plant life painted on the walls and ceilings, glossy red and black carved doorways and an army of waitstaff whisking huge trays of delicacies to dozens of hungry diners. It’s in an unusual neighborhood for dining, near Nagyvárad tér subway stop, but we’ve found just the right excuse to go there – spend the morning or afternoon climbing at Orczy Kalandpark just a few blocks away, and then indulge our well-honed appetite at Taiwan. Our kids love it – my son, who will eat anything with broccoli, charms and is charmed by the waitresses, blowing them kisses. My daughter loves anything with tofu and can eat more fried rice than any adult I know. Even so, we always leave with well-stocked doggie bags to enjoy more of Taiwan at home… See http://www.taiwan-restaurant.hu/for more.

Well, now that I’m really hungry, I gotta go get something to eat… more tomorrow…

About adriknows

One day, people looking for tips on life in Budapest started coming to me. Friends, then friends of friends, and so on. People were telling newcomers and longtime Budapesters alike, “Adri knows!” Now it’s time to share what I’ve picked up over more than a decade of fun-and-frequently-frazzled family life in the big BP.
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2 Responses to Top 10 Non-Hungarian Restaurants in Budapest, Part I

  1. David R Wellens says:

    What a great series on Budapest! You’ve found a niche in reviewing restaurants and other things you know about, like books, etc…keep up the good writing!

  2. Nicole says:

    Thx Adri… will add these to my list! Awesome reviews!

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