Budapest Food And Drink

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Dates 4 Jul '11 to 7 Jul '11

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Est. Cost 140 - 340 GBP (GBP United Kingdom Pounds)

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Name Budapest Food And Drink

Recent years have seen an expansion in the range of cuisines on offer but traditional Magyar cooking still dominates Budapest menus.

In common with most Central European countries, meat dishes in Hungary are the staple, portions are generous and desserts rich. Prices are, on the whole, extremely reasonable even in the best of Budapest's many restaurants.

Hungarians are especially passionate about their soups, desserts and pastries and stuffed pancakes (palacsinta), with fierce rivalries between regional variations of the same dish, (like the Hungarian hot fish soup called Fisherman's Soup or halaszle, cooked differently on the banks of Hungary's two main rivers: the Danube and the tisza). Other famous Hungarian dishes would be Paprikash (stew) with nokedli (small dumplings), Goulash, Gundel Pancake and Dobos Cake. two remarkable elements of Hungarian cuisine that are hardly noticed by locals, but usually conjure up much enthusiasm amongst foreigners, are different forms of vegetable stews called fzelek as well as cold fruit soups, like cold sour cherry soup (hideg meggyleves).

Meat stews, casseroles, steaks, roasted pork, beef, poultry, lamb or game and the Hungarian sausages (kolbasz) and winter salami are a major part of Hungarian cuisine. the mixing of different varieties of meat is a traditionall feature of the Hungarian cuisine. Goulash, stuffed peppers, stuffed cabbages or pecsenye (Hungarian mixed grill on wooden platter) can combine both beef and pork, sometimes even mutton. In very exclusive dishes fruits like plums and apricots are cooked with meat or in piquant sauces/stuffings for game, roasts and other cuts. Various kinds of noodles and dumplings, potatoes and rice are commonly served as a side dish. the Hungarian cuisine uses a large variety of cheeses, but the most common are túro (a fresh quark cheese), cream cheeses, ewe-chese (juhturo), Emmentaler, Edam and the Hungarian cheese trappista.

Budapest has a healthy cafe culture, ranging from the warming camaraderie of the beer hall, to the elegance of a grand cafe. there are several international bars of American and Australian origin but many new stylish bars are popping up on the roads leading off Andrassy street and along the fashionable Raday street.

Cafe Gerbeaud:
Vorosmarty ter 7
tel: +36 (06)1-429-9000
this legendary Budapest cafe has been the last word on timeless style and elegance for the last 140 years. the sumptuous interior is finished with noble woods, marble and bronze, while the furnishings are original Art Deco. Superb pastries, coffees and light meals.

Leroy Cafe and Bar:
Raday Utca 11-13
tel: +36 (06)30-207-9220
Leroy cafe is part of a small chain of cafe cum bars in the city. You will also find branches on Vaci Utca and Sas utca. 11. the cafes are stylishly decorated with wooden floors and brightly painted walls and lots of funky artwork on show. the menu is Mediterranean and the drinks menu lengthy.

Amstel River Cafe:
Parizsi ut 6
tel: +36 (06)1-266-4334.
A favourite with just about everyone, the centrally located Amstel is a fantastic bar, open until late and always full of a lively mix of tourists, locals and expats. Open: Mon-Sat 08h00-06h00, Sun 10h00-06h00.

Andrassy ut 29
tel: +36 (06)1-352-1337
A reminder of Budapest's former status as Europe's coffeehouse capital, Muvesz is located next to the Opera House and retains its original interior.

Mandarin Bar and Etterem:
o utca 24
tel: +36 (06)1-688-1696
Bright, modern cafe bar with a Mediterranean inspired menu. Relax on one of the brightly coloured sofas and sample the excellent cocktail list.

White Heaven:
Szent Istvan ter 4-5
tel: +36 (06)30-963-1963
Hip bar overlooking St Stephens Basilica. As the name suggests its interior has a white theme running through it with white walls, stalls and ornaments, you get the idea, but that doesn't mean it lacks atmosphere, this place attracts a young vibrant crowd, and offers a delicious sushi menu.

Suzain Allen is a travel Consultant and she has years of experience in travel industry. She in now introducing her views about Budapest food and drink.
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