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Kristóf tér 3, 1052 Budapest
28-04-2013 (updated on 30-04-2013)
We stopped here the first time for a refreshing beverage on a hot day. I opted for the beetroot, apple, carrot and ginger freshly squeezed juice, not sure if I'd try it again but certainly felt that I was doing my body some good.
We stopped by again the next day for breakfast. The omelettes are much nicer than the scrambled eggs which were slightly overcooked, and a bit rubbery in texture. Each egg dish came with half a sliced baguette.
The carrot, apple and orange juice @ 750HUF (<£2.20) for 300ml was slightly heavier on the carrot side of things, but quenched my thirst for an active day ahead. There was also dairy alternatives for your hot drinks for around 35 pence extra.
The croissants paled in comparison to the croissant I had eaten the day before at the Little Melbourne Coffee, and you can pretty much tell from their matte looking pastry that they hadn't had any egg wash or glaze to make them look golden, but not wishing to judge a book by its cover I ordered a seed croissant anyway.
Bleeurggh, a bit stale, rock hard ends. Not up to scratch I'm afraid.
Plenty of seating, and large tables to accommodate groups, as well as a kids corner with little bits and pieces available to keep the kids entertained.
Definitely reasonable prices against London standards, and I would visit again but would be careful about my choices.
Anyway, I'm so not running a marathon anytime, EVER, but to balance out all the consumed calories of the previous 3 days I did undertake some cardio in the form of a four wheel bicycle rental.
The cycle actually seats four although only two people pedal at any one time. There are electric golf buggies to rent too, seating four and six people, but we thought it would be more fun breaking up a sweat. Alright, so the first 25 minutes I was a passenger (albeit seeing my life flash before my eyes when we went off road whilst trying to do a U-turn and going into some pretty dirty pot holes. But after that I spent a good 30 minutes doing some hardcore cycling - I swear it!
It was great being able to cycle around the island. There was a mini zoo, and lots of red squirrels running around. Some ruins are amongst the sights, and there is a water park too, which we were quite surprised to see opened, and then slightly disappointed that we hadn't brought our swimwear to check out the water slides and various swimming pools it being our last day and all.
It was a fun morning and a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. I'd highly recommend it particularly on a warm and sunny day as we had.
TIP: You can get there on tram 4 and 6. Bus number 26 from Nyugati train station takes you right on the island, and a short walk away from the bus stop is the bicycle renting stall. You leave some form of ID i.e. passport or driving license, sign a form agreeing to the terms of renting the cycle, and then off you go with the instruction that you stick to riding to the marked yellow path. We ended up renting it for an hour (you pay when you get back) and it was 2680HUF (c. £7.75).
Madach Imre ut. 3, 1075 Budapest
Perfection staring right back at me. I moved closer, bringing it nearer to my lips.
My hands getting warm from the heat of its body.
Lips pressed against its side, sinking deeply into warm milky goodness.
Oh beautiful cup of Matcha Latte, you've breathed life right back into me. I think I love you....
...err hmm, but only a little more than these utterly gorgeous, melt in the mouth flaky goodness of a chocolate croissant that I'm devouring in no delicate fashion right now cos they are just sooooooooooooo good.
Lovely coffee shop in the heart of Budapest, located in a square of many other cafes and eateries.
A litttle pricer than some of the other cafes, but their matcha latte, was surprisingly better tasting than the one served in the Japanese tea room I went to the previous day. I also loved how they have free water and glasses strategically placed for the coffee drinkers in easily accessible places.
Vörösmarty tér 7-8, V. District, Budapest
27-04-2013 (updated on 28-04-2013)
Arrive on time.
Eat the most delicious 3 course, weekday lunch EVER for a mere £15 (not including drinks or service).
Delicious breads served to your table. Water glasses never empty.
Food cooked and executed with precision. Food served with equal precision.
Not worth paying the supplement on the main courses, as the basic main is just delicious (I made that mistake and ordered the sea bass with lobster - an extra 6000HUF c. £17 - yes that's more than the whole 3 course meal itself! - whilst the beef tenderloin and the rabbit dishes on the menu during my visit were absolutely sublime with no extra charge!)
Enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Leave happy, fulfilled, and planning your next visit.
Love this place? Maybe just a little.
Mester Ut. 46, 1095 Budapest
I can tell you I thought about it for a loooooong time, but my body just couldn't take that much more food, so instead I ordered a cabbie burger (the normal size - not the large one!), and it was a beautifully succulent and juicy burger. The jalapenos definitely added to the awesome power of that burger to yield me powerless by the end of it.
The cab dog was a little less impressive. The sauces overpowered the grilled sausage hotdog my husband ordered. It had a very familiar taste, like cumberland sausage meat. I didn't like it too much because of the tartness of the sauces and opting for the frankfurter woud've done little to overcome this.
The fries need a whole section to themselves. Well actually they're not so much fries but proper hand cut chips, made just how I used to have them as a kid. You know the homemade ones your parents made from potatoes that they made you peel beforehand (hmm maybe that was just my parents then...) anyways, these are just like those, but better.
The service was most friendly, despite my somewhat complicated order with requests for no jalapenos/ tomatoes/grilled onions/extra ketchup, from my travel companions.
Lots of familiar drinks on sale here too including Irn Bru, yes that's right kids, IRN BRU! And oooooooh are you for real - Jamaican ginger beer!! You gotta rate them for having proper Jamaican ginger beer.
This place rocks as a burger joint in Budapest.
Veres Pálné utca 33, 1053 Budapest
The Hungarian fish and chips could replace any fish supper in the UK, and at only 1500HUF (<£4.50) it's a bargain. The fish gyros (bite size pieces of catfish served with chips, two sauces and a plentiful salad was the same price, and again delicious.
Pike perch and trout were also on the menu, and I tried a whole grilled Barramundi. The whole fish is priced by weight. This was the most expensive at 80HUF per 10g, but it was cooked perfectly, with a lovely crispy skin and seasoned to perfection. At 3520HUF (just over £10) it was a delight both financially and in taste.
The drinks prices are also extremely reasonable, offering the cheapest 100% freshly squeezed juices I have ever come across in a restaurant. I chose a healthy mix of carrot, apple and orange which came in medium or large (300ml and 500ml respectively). At only 130HUF (38 pence) per 100ml, how can you go wrong?!
The three friends who own and run the restaurant have nailed it with the inviting interior and simple menu.
Szent Istvan ter 3, 1051 Budapest
450HUF for a small cone/cup with a choice of two flavours, 550HUF for a medium cone of three flavours, 650HUF for a large consisting of four flavours.
The servers expertly shape the gelato into a shape of a rose. Don't blink or you'll miss it!
Perfectly located across the way from the beautiful St Stephen's Basilica, where sunny warm days will invariably lead to a long queue coming out onto the street. Don't worry it moves quickly and you can enjoy delicious gelato for an excellent price.
Hold utca 13, 1054 Budapest
Now I travel a fair bit (of course I would love to travel more - wouldn't we all?!) and Budapest is one of my favourite cities to visit food wise. This is invariably because there is such an eclectic mix of excellent restaurants and dining options which for the quality is just a fraction of the price in the UK, and it has the added bonus of being a beautiful city with thermal baths and a range of activities that suit all ages.
On my recent four day eating frenzy, Kispiac Bisztro was my first stop. I'd sent them a message via Facebook to enquire about making reservations for the next day, and they responded within minutes to say that they looked forward to seeing me. Off to a great start.
The venue is tiny, but we were lucky with the weather - warm and sunny - so we were able to take advantage of the seating outside. The menu is written on a blackboard in English. There is a special's menu too written in Hungarian, and the waiter will explain what's on offer. On our visit there was a goulash soup, a Thai fish soup and roasted veal for main.
I admit a part of me was apprehensive when I asked the waiter to tell me what he thought was better; the veal liver or the duck liver. I expected him to up-sell the duck liver as it was a 1/3 more costly, but he said that everything on the menu was delicious and it was really my preference.
I decided to try the veal liver which came with onion and a silky potato puree. My husband opted for the roast veal special, and our travel companions ordered the roasted pork and the pork belly. In addition, we ordered one side salad and a plate of pickles to accompany the meal, and four soft drinks.
I tell you now. Each dish was delicious. I mean truly. delicious.
Now roast pork belly is a staple in any Vietnamese/Chinese household, and I've eaten tons of it in my life, but this pork belly was beyond words. The crackling was crunchy, slightly salted, and only a thin glue of pork fat holding the crackling with the tender pork meat. I don't know how they did it but it was fantastic. It came with sauteed potatoes and a few veg.
Now these four beautiful dishes, 2 sides, and four soft drinks (including homemade fresh lemonade and a fresh raspberry soda - basically raspberry puree with soda water) came to the reasonable price of 10,980HUF. Converted to pound sterling we're talking less than £32 my friend. Yes, that's thirty two pounds! After leaving a reasonable tip we left with big fat cheshire cat smiles, ready for our next culinary stop.
194 Fleet Street, Holborn, London EC4A 2LT
Aside from that, the food is overpriced and served lukewarm at best. My order of pork and leek sausage with fried onions on a white baguette (no they don't do wholemeal baguettes), was just that - lukewarm, and even though the side of chips looked appealing, you soon realise that they too are only lukewarm.
My colleague ordered a main of roast chicken with rice, and for just under a tenner, the portion is what I'd give a 7 year old. Poor guy had to order a side of chips after he finished just to fill up a bit, and he's not that much bigger than I am!
Drinks are the average price you would pay in any London pub. If you can stick to a 'liquid lunch' then good on you, but if you need something a little more substantial then you'll fare much better by visiting other nearby pubs, including Ye Old Cheshire Cheese and The Devereux, which have better food, a good few pounds cheaper, and it'll be served to you hot.
Bankastræti 12, 101 Reykjavík
Like many club/dance venues in the city, 'personal space' counts for nothing in this environment. My years of London training gave me a strong foundation for the numerous 'stumbling drunkenly into strangers' routine, which was adopted by both male and females alike.
You'll soon realise that this is just the way things are done here. No offence to be taken, and getting into your space and in your face is normal. The girls are pretty fierce in that respect, but hey if they're gonna bring it, then it just means you gotta bring it too: Get elbows at the ready and when you get a drunk-assed face in your way, if my elbow happens to connect with your body, well that's the way we do it in London town.
Anyway, after an hour or two you do kinda get bored by it, so just head outside onto the main street for entertainment in the form of anti-social behaviour, or better still wander down to the hotdog stand which will give you something a lil' more interesting to tell your friends about back home.
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