Komachi, a no-frills Japanese restaurant in Budapest's old Jewish Quarter, is committed to proving that there's more to Japanese food than sushi. For a Central Europe-based restaurant, Komachi serves a refreshingly broad range of everyday Japanese dishes like ramen (miso, shio, and soy-based), tonkatsu, curry, karaage, and donburi.
The hearty and flavorful ramens (€6) are made with homemade wheat-flour noodles, and slow-cooked pork shoulder. The karaage (€5) is exactly as it should be—crunchy on the outside, delicate on the inside; just like one would find at a Tokyo street vendor. The only letdown is the tasteless curry (€6). Three types of Japanese beers (Sapporo, Kirin Ichiban, Asahi) and a couple of sakes (a filtered one made from Yamada Nishiki rice and an unfiltered nigori) are also served. Prices are reasonable, although portions are on the small side. Note that the kitchen closes at 9 p.m.!
Komachi is popular among employees of the local Japanese embassy, and most nights at least half of the customers are Asian. The restaurant fills a void in Budapest's meager Japanese food scene, I only wish their service staff was a bit more enthusiastic.