When I first moved to Budapest, I had just moved from Bangkok where I lived for half a year. I do like Hungarian food, but sometimes you need a change from your usual ‘pörkölt’ (Hungarian meat stew) or paprika chicken. And I was missing Thai food badly! At that time, it was nothing close to the Asian food craze we see nowadays.
So I challenged myself in Budapest and started looking for the best Thai eatery. By ‘best’ I did not mean taste only, I meant the atmosphere of the place altogether (not too serious or pretentious).
I found Parázs (now located on Jókai utca 8) really looked like what I was wishing to find. So I’m happy they opened a little sister restaurant on Kazinczy utca (just opposite Szimpla kert, check the Szimpla Kert article). And there is another on on Király utca 53 now too!
Kis Parázs is not the right place for a date: the restaurant space is tiny, you’re given plastic glasses but the service is quick, the food is good – though the real Thai noodles they use for Pad-see-iou are missing- and you can see Thai staff cooking in the kitchen. Plus it has home-delivery (to the nearby districts of Pest).
In a word, it’s the closest you can find to Bangkok street food here in Budapest!
Note: Thai food has become sort of trendy in Budapest now, many more restaurants opened recently (Check my Pad Thai Wok bar article) but Parázs is still very good!