Dang Muoi (Attila Street)
Excellent restaurants often turn up in the most unlikely places. Dang Muoi is situated on a noisy, car-saturated road in Buda with little foot traffic—not exactly a restaurateur's dream location. But against the odds, the place is usually mobbed by diners. In the 1990s, Dang Muoi started as a food stall in a now-demolished Asian street market on the other side of the Danube, and has since expanded into three locations across Budapest, having found the way to Hungarians' hearts and stomachs. Dang Muoi restaurants are inexpensive and undecorated—it's the food that sings here.
Although most locals generally stick to pho soups (€5), fried rice plates (€6), and spring rolls—which are all good—they also serve some less common Vietnamese dishes like bun cha, which at Dang Muoi comes with intensely flavorful strips of grilled pork belly paired with a generous portion of fresh vegetables (€6). I also enjoyed another rarely-found pork belly dish, thit heo quay, a Chinese-style marinated roast pork with crackly skin served with a side of steamed rice and fish sauce (€8). Don't miss it.