Very vegan restaurant in Budapest
It was day two in Budapest and we had found a really cool flat but not really any cool restaurants. Strolling aimlessly through Budapest, it was mainly kebab and pizza places or traditional Hungarian meat based food. We ended up having greasy Asian fried noodles with microscopic salmon slices and a lot of excess oil.
There was a Tesco and Hungarian style lush bakery just outside our rented flat but that was for breakfast. We were hungry for some culinary dinner adventure in Hungary, not home base cooking.
Gábor, not a vegetarian himself, but our super host with pleasing perfectionist traits, provided us with addresses to some purely meatless places. The first one, Napfényes Étterem, was nothing less than VEGAN. And that means that ‘dishes are prepared solely from grains and vegetables’.
At Napfényes Étterem you first pass the kitchen, which was busy preparing meals for the packed restaurant with appealingly healthy looking people. Convinced, we decided to give it a try, which at Napfényes Étterem can mean to wait for a place. It’s one of those rare occasions, I am actually not complaining that there is a queue. Queue = good food. That equation does not apply to McDonald’s, Burger King, nor KFC.
Enter and you will pass the shelf with vegan best sellers.
Napfényes Étterem is your stereotypical vegan restaurant. Earthy colours, randomly placed stones, the orange fair trade paper lamp, rattan balls. As a former speech therapist I can sense aspects of a snoezelen (therapy) environment, with soothing chair-curtain cloth and stimulating lights. Count in the vegan food and here is the multi-sensory experience.
This is on offer. We turned out to be conservative customers. If there is spaghetti on the menu it is my choice. I am not choosy, when it comes to pasta. Tomek went for always appreciated falafel.
My spaghetti dish. It was tasty but my spaghetti were resembling soup noodles in length, so I didn’t use the spoon to roll on my noodles onto the fork, but ‘spoon’ was functioning as a ‘shovel’. I was wondering if their ambition was to reuse customer food, or, whether I got the last bits of dismembered spaghetti that fell out of the package. Either way, I should be glad they don’t throw food away.
The Spaghetti (lump).
Tomek’s dish. The falafel balls were fine, the salad was pretty plain salad with pita bread. There were two dips, that could’ve spiced things up a bit, but the sauces consisted of flavourless yoghurt and diluted sesame paste. To be fair, if you are not into spicy food, it was not bad at all.
Save the best for last. Super delish, fresh, squeezed orange and apple juice. And, of course, the cake variety. On display. Nice to look at, great to eat. No fatty dairy cream. Looking at those sweeties, I am sure, you can get fat with vegan cake, anyway.
Desert. Have you ever eaten tofu cake? Sounds like a contradiction but, this one was juicy, creamy and luscious with a crisp chocolate covering.
I ordered cappuccino to see NON DAIRY cream, although I never drink coffee voluntarily. The non dairy cream tasted like whipped air with foam. I am a curious child, thus occasionally I get burned. At least it was healthy. The cake went in in one go.
The bill was very low, about 5000 Hungarian Forint (=18 Euros), despite three rounds of fresh juice. Overall, thumbs up for Napfényes Étterem and healthy VEGAN food!
Location: 1077 Budapest, Rózsa utca 39, on the ‘Pest’ side of Budapest.