Best Indian food in a very simple atmosphere!
For now: Hathi is the best Indian restaurant in Budapest, most probably even the best I have ever been to.
The Hathi Indiai Kifőzde is rather a lunch place than a proper restaurant, so if you expect wine glasses on the table or dressed up waiters serving you, you better go somewhere else. The word Kifőzde in Hungarian describes a place where you get prepared food from a pot and not a freshly cooked dish. In Hathi you are even served on plastic plates and plastic forks so it is a real “grab your food, eat and leave place”.
All that sounds not too good but once you get your food you will be amazed how good it is. Usually the “Indian” restaurants serve you kind of Indian food which is prepared for Europeans meaning that spices are not used properly and probably the receipe is not what you expect from Indian food. In Hathi all dishes I ever ate, due to the fact that I am arround there quite much and really love it it is quite many I tried, simply taste fantastic, well spiced and simply blow up your mind.
No matter if you want to eat the typical Chicken Tikka Masala, a simple Butter Chicken or something you maybe have enver heard before like Chicken Vindaloo or Pakora you will for sure find something really tasty. If you dont know what the names stand for the employees are really willing to help you and explain what exactly it is and what it consists of. Also fantastic is the typical Indian Naan (bread) which you can have plain, with garlic, cheese, chicken meat or butter. This is a must have next to your dish.
Restaurant Hathi is located in the 13th disctrict in a place where, as a tourist, you probably not go to since it is a fairly industrial part of Budapest with office buildings, car repair services and technology outlets. So the typical person going to Hathi are working people for lunch but since the restaurant is open from 11.30 – 20.00 daily except from sunday people even come on a saturday to eat here and also in the evenings. Hathi also offers home delivery but only within the 13th district.
So if you want to have a proper Indian food you have to go to Hathi because it honestly is the best Indian restaurant I have been to. As a little preview of the different dishes check the image on the left (that also describes what a Kifőzde is).
Frangepán utca 20 (corner of Teve utca)
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat, 11.30 – 20.00
Or visit the Hathi Website