Located in the heart of Budapest, the First Strudel House of Pest is a unique café and restaurant dedicated to preserving the art and tradition of strudel making.
The menu features a variety of both sweet and savory strudel including cottage cheese, apple, sour cherry, and cabbage. There is also the option to select speciality dishes like morello-poppy seed strudel with sour cherry pálinka (brandy) sauce and strudel “kalocsa” style with tokaj wine vanilla sauce. Owner and Managing Director Andrea Leidal says, “We want to be known as the place where guests can come and enjoy the very best of strudel.” Leidal also emphasized the importance of preserving the tradition of strudel making, “our strudel is hand-made using local ingredients and is prepared from traditional style Hungarian recipes that have been passed down from generations.”
Besides strudel, the restaurant serves typical Hungarian cuisine along with fresh soups, salads and grilled meat and fish. There is also an extensive drink menu that includes coffee, fruit juice, beer and wine.
Although the First Strudel House of Pest doesn’t have a famed history like many other cafés in the city, it does exude elements of the old world. The building itself dates back to 1812 with the interior design consisting mainly of early 20th century classicism. Old photographers, postcards, textiles, spritzer bottles, and even a row of Vaudeville theatre seats are incorporated into the decor. “We wanted to create a unique atmosphere, says Leidal who along with her husband helped to designed the restaurant.
Guests can also enjoy an interactive strudel demonstration along with a 12 minute film about the history of the pastry through the restaurant’s Hungaricum Program.
For anyone looking to indulge in fine strudel and typical Hungarian fare will be delighted by the First Strudel House of Pest.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and take-away everyday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
1051 Budapest, Október 6. utca 22
Telephone: (+36) 1/428-0134
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