I have to say, I could be running out of national cuisines that I’ve tried in Budapest, so feel free to let me know what you recommend. Have you been to the Uzbek or Himalayan restaurants here? I haven’t yet, so for now, here are my #9 and #10 picks…
9. Wasabi – Okay, it’s a gimmick. The conveyor belt sushi thing. Or “merry-go-round sushi,” as my kids like to call it. It’s been a good gimmick in Tokyo for decades, why not here? And having two tracks, one with hot food and the other with cold, is a good idea. While I’ve had better in Vienna, Wasabi delivers a fun experience with decent food from all over Asia, and I can’t resist that. Nor is the all-you-can-eat concept always a bad thing… Anyway, Wasabi has three locations, in Óbuda, in MOM Park (pretty good food for a mall) and in Pest, District 6 at Podmaniczky utca 21. www.wasabi.hu. But for pure Japanese we like Sushi Sei, in Óbuda in the Új Udvar shopping mall, even though it has about as much atmosphere as a corporate cafeteria. We save Fuji for special occasions, and generally have Japanese in Vienna.
10. I could mention some other great Italian places, like Porcellino Grasso (www.porcellino.hu) and Alessio (www.cafealessio.hu), which would probably make the date-night list someone requested. Or we could debate whether Iguana is still “in” or discuss the merits of the Vapiano concept. But instead, here’s a list of places I want to check out, some of which were submitted by readers but I couldn’t include them because I haven’t been there yet. Let me know your opinions so I can go with a truly unbiased palate…
- Ring Cafe (I hear the burgers are great)
- the Himalayan and Uzbek restaurants
- Bronco’s Steak House, which I hear is out in the boonie burbs but good
- Black Cab Burger (the other “authentic burger place”)
- Nobu and Costes, needless to say. Anybody wanna pay for it?
See you next week.