Whether you like your sushi authentic and traditional or modern with a fusion twist you’ll find at least a dozen good sushi restaurants to choose from in Budapest. A good selection of other Asian restaurants are also dotted over the city.
Here are the spots that made our list:
Wasabi Running Sushi & Wok Restaurant: This is an all-you-can-eat sushi in Budapest that combines traditional with modern. Dishes are prepared by Hungarian chefs and based on Korean and Japanese cuisine with undertones of authentic Hungarian fare. There are 140 dishes to choose from in total, served on two belts which serve either hot or cold dishes.
TOKIO: Located in the heart of the business district in Széchenyi István Square, TOKIO is an upmarket sushi restaurant that offers mainly Thai and Japanese dishes in a modern facility with outdoor seating. TOKIO doubles as a club, transforming into a trendy cocktail bar with DJ after dark.
Wasabi Extra: Providing a wide range of oriental dishes with several vegetarian options available, Wasabi Extra is an all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant located in Budapest’s District V in the centre of the city. The décor is modern and the food combines traditional Japanese flavours with authentic Hungarian tastes.
WokZilla: Serving freshly-made Thai, Japanese and Korean dishes, WokZilla gives you the chance to taste speciality Asian cuisine while you relax and sip on a glass of fine wine. This place provides the ideal atmosphere for meeting with friends to enjoy Oriental flavours indoors or out.
Bambuszliget Japán Étterem & Sushi Bár: Located on the Belgrade Quay, this traditional Japanese sushi restaurant serves classic dishes in an authentic and cosy atmosphere with a nice river-view. As well as dishes made with chicken and duck, tuna-lovers will be particularly impressed with the range of options made from this very versatile fish.
Komachi Bistro: Owned and managed by Japanese nationals, this sushi restaurant located in District VII serves authentic Japanese cuisine in a buzzing little venue behind Erzsébet krt in Budapest. As well as classic Japanese food, you’ll also find cool Japanese beer and other beverages to accompany your meal. Komachi Bistro has a family-friendly atmosphere and is ideal for small gatherings.
Sushi Sei Japanese Restaurant: Serving authentic Japanese cuisine, Sushi Sei is an elegant restaurant based near the Coliseum in central Óbuda and serves both Hungarian visitors and Asian communities with traditional flavours in a modern establishment. Some of the classic dishes on offer include grilled salmon teriyaki sauce, octopus salad, and roasted beef strips with sesame and ginger sauce.
Planet Sushi Oktogon: Using a wide range of Asian ingredients, this stylish sushi joint combines traditional Japanese features with modern décor. As well as serving classic oriental dishes containing duck and chicken, smoked eel, Planet Sushi Oktagon offers several vegetarian options based around takuan, sichimi and hondashi spices, nori seaweed and kombudashi.
Fuji Restaurant: Providing renowned far-eastern gastronomy prepared by Japanese chefs, this modern facility is an ideal environment for small gatherings and specialise in a huge range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Fuji Restaurant’s tatami rooms provide an ideal space for business meetings or family events.
Wasabi Sushi & Wok Étterem: Providing a range of hot and cold sushi dishes in a modern facility, this restaurant located in District 1 in Budapest mixes classic flavours from Thai and Japanese cuisine, and offers various extras such as delicious far-eastern cheeses. The sweets on offer at Wasabi Sushi & Wok Étterem also provide a traditional undertone including puddings, foams, soups and other traditional Japanese gastronomy.
Okuyama: One of the most truly traditional Japanese sushi restaurants in Budapest, Okuyama is a small hideaway that provides a real taste of Japanese culture in a traditional facility. This is a low-key basement restaurant run by Japanese nationals who cook authentic dishes from real Japanese produce.
Itoshii: This is the largest all-you-can-eat restaurant in Budapest. A unique feature of Itoshii is the addition of a tablet at each table where customers order their food from, providing a quick and convenient service. This place is ideal for holding an event, business meeting or family gathering.
Laguna Sushi Bar: This is a small sushi restaurant serving a range of oriental dishes in a cosy and inclusive environment. In addition, Laguna Sushi Bar offers a unique selection of bottled beer and specialised Asian cocktails from Japan, Thailand and China. Tables seat anywhere from 2 to 18 people here, so it is an ideal location for couples or groups.
NOBU Budapest: Nobu Budapest is part of a chain of well-known Sushi restaurants that combine traditional Japanese-style dining with sophisticated Peruvian influences. This particular branch located in District V provides a stylish setting with family-friendly vibes. They serve a wide variety of fish dishes such as sea-bass ceviche, quinoa-crusted shrimp, or foie gras tempura and truffle teriyaki, all while the pianist sets the tone with laid-back tunes.
Hanami Sushi Bár: Located in Blaha Lujza Square Europeum in the heart of Budapest, Hanami Sushi Bar is an elegant restaurant that serves only fresh food prepared by the chef and offers no pre-rolled sushi dishes. They also offer an online table-booking system to help guests avoid disappointment and do home deliveries.
Imázs Thai és Sushi Étterem: With a fusion of Thai and Japanese cuisine, this large sushi restaurant in Budapest is ideal for gatherings and meetings, catering for events of up to 40 people. This place has a focus on healthy food preparation and has a good ambience to it, often providing live music acts for its guests.
OSAKA Sushi & Wok Bar Budapest: Situated in Budapest IV, Osaka Sushi and Wok Bar specialise in traditional Japanese cuisine. They serve a wide range of dishes such makik, nigirik, sushi boxes, soups, wok dishes and desserts. The vibe here is relaxed and family-friendly.
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