Is the song I was literally singing ALL of last weekend on my trip to Budapest, Hungary – thank you George Ezra! I’m surprised my boyfriend didn’t actually push me off the famous chain bridge I sang/hummed it that much! I was even getting annoyed with myself!
Budapest is famous for many things, whether it’s Fisherman’s Bastion with it’s amazing views that no photo can do justice of, or it’s crazy if somewhat scary ruin bars – (we referred to them as something from the Hostage films) 😱 and of course the relaxing night spa’s; but one thing I didn’t expect so much of was the cake! Within 3 hours of landing I already had a big slab of yummy chocolate fudge cake in front of me.. I think it’s fair to say that I ate more cake than I ever have before in 3 days – and that’s a hard feat to beat! I daren’t actually write the figure of how many slices I had altogether, so I’ll just stick to best ones I tried for now.
First of all the chocolate torte I had on day 1 was a total random find. We had been wandering around for a few hours and really needed some coffee & a rest. We’d “umm’d and ahhh’d” for ages over so many places I eventually just insisted we go in the next place we saw, which admittedly didn’t look too great from the outside! But it turned out that once inside, it was pretty good. Looks were definitely deceiving in this instance. There was a very relaxed atmosphere, and I did wonder if we’d actually get served at one point, but the dessert menu was all very enticing so at least I had time to choose. When my treat arrived I was really surprised at how big it was and what topped it off for me was the spoonful of tangy rhubarb compote on the side, which actually complemented the bitter dark chocolate ganache perfectly! It was really, really good!
Head to Mozsar Kavezo for a slice (of doorstop proportions) of yumminess:
So, day 2 arrived and whilst I wasn’t intending to eat cake of any sort, in fact I was craving pasta which is unusual for me as I don’t eat pasta too much, but whilst heading towards the centre of Pest I spotted out of the corner of my eye… A shop.. A pretty shop with pretty cakes in the window… Could it be? Really? Yep.. A cupcake shop! It was like magic… Ok maybe not, I’m being dramatic, ha-ha, but I was excited! And I loved its simply obvious name – ‘Cake Shop’
Here you go.. My cupcake and me… Mine, all mine…
I did try quite a few traditional Hungarian dishes whilst here and one was this dessert which was in the restaurant at our brilliant hotel, Baltazar – cottage cheese balls with raspberry sorbet. The description didn’t do that much for me but I was intrigued, and I was glad I ordered it as its not actually cottage cheese at all. The best way I could describe this dessert would be kinda like cheesecake but with a more creamy, crumbly texture. That’s actually pretty rubbish but they are really difficult to describe, but the more I ate, the more I regretted agreeing to share it… I know.. I’m greedy… I’m not ashamed to admit I don’t like sharing food!
My final share on this blog post, and one you really shouldn’t miss if you ever visit Budapest is our trip to the Book Cafe. It’s really easy to find and as the name suggests it’s in a book store, which is pretty standard, then up an escalator, again pretty standard, but then all of sudden you are in a huge, amazing, quite mezmerising grand hall, it was like I’d taken a trip into a tardis! How did this room even get here? Simple things…
Again totally delicious (I’m using that word a lot, sorry) but I just couldn’t finish this one! Probably a combination of just too much sugar over 3 days but it was very sickly sweet and the along with a caramel latte probably a case of ‘eyes bigger than my belly’ oops…
Have you been to Budapest? What did you think?
Here are a few more of my photos to nosy at 😉