Momotaro Ramen is one of the best Chinese restaurants for authentic Ramen dishes in Budapest. Located at the intersection of Széchenyi St. and Nádor St. the restaurant is close to Budapest's Parliament Building.
Momotaro Ramen Review
by Orsolya Sztano, on Mar 1, 2011
Asian food is yet again becoming popular in Budapest, still, it's hard to find good and affordable places. And most of the time, the really good restaurants remain a secret. This was the case with Momotaro, a small Chinese restaurant, in the heart of the city, just a few minutes walk from the Parliament. I have been a frequent visitor for a couple of years now. It was the first place in Budapest where I could taste the unique flavors of Chinese food, which I was missing from the time I spent in Asia. I loved it from the first time I was there and couldn't ignore the fact that it was harder and harder to get a table, after more and more people found out about it. I didn't really care, as the quality of the food remained the same. Now the small, approx. 30-seat Chinese wonder, outgrew itself to a much bigger and very popular eatery.
The small room in the back still operates, but they changed the main entrance to Nádor Street, instead of Szécheny Street. Don't be fooled by the 'Nimród Restaurant' sign above the entrance. When you walk inside you'll notice they didn't change much of the design from the previous tenant, a Hungarian restaurant, which probably served game meals, by the look of the old paintings.
By the time you sit down, get your tea, and the menu, you'll know you are in the right place. The menu is long with plenty of Chinese treats to pick from. My favorites are the dumplings and I think it's the only Chinese restaurant in Budapest, which serves them. So, it's already a unique find in the city, which is a bit sad, as Chinese dumplings are so popular everywhere else. There isn't much variety, mostly pork fried and steamed dumplings, spring rolls, and Asian pancakes. But they are good and tasty, and the dipping sauce is heavenly. Then come the salads, soups and the Ramen (which is also the one and only in Budapest) for those with a bigger appetite. My all time favorite is the hot and sour soup. It's amazing, never too hot, and tastes exactly the same as I used to have it in Singapore. But there are plenty of others to choose from. Be sure to try the celery salad with garlic and vinegar. And then, if you still have some room left, come the stir-fries and mains. You can pick anything from honey-glazed pork to Beijing duck, you name it.
The service is always polite and friendly, and despite their new-found popularity the prices stayed the same as they were 4 years ago. A Ramen (which is already a complete meal) is between HUF 1,500-2,000. The last time I was there the bill came to HUF 10,000 for 3 people for a 3 course meal. Don't miss out, it is the best Asian food in town!
Review and photos by Orsolya Sztano