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Very vegan restaurant in Budapest

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’.

Napfényes Étterem vegan restaurant Budapest Hungary


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 vegan restaurant Budapest Hungary


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.

Napfényes Étterem vegan restaurant Budapest Hungary


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.

Napfényes Étterem vegetarian restaurant Budapest Hungary


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).

Napfényes Étterem vegan restaurant Budapest Hungary


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.

Napfényes Étterem vegan restaurant Budapest Hungary


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.

Napfényes Étterem vegan restaurant Budapest Hungary Napfényes Étterem vegan restaurant Budapest Hungary


Desert. Have you ever eaten tofu cake? Sounds like a contradiction but, this one was juicy, creamy and luscious with a crisp chocolate covering.

vegan tofu cake and non dairy cappuccino Napfényes Étterem vegan restaurant Budapest Hungary


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.

Napfényes Étterem vegan restaurant Budapest Hungary


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.

Stay tuned for more veggie talk and tested veggie restaurants in Budapest.

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  1. Sweets, you turn me on and still there’s something naggin at me. for ages i’ve been reading the frugal traveller blog at nyt and been wondrin how to get this guy’s live and now you’re doin it yor way. cheers. will you carry on? regina says alles liebe und irma says bäääär. see you someday.

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