Budapest Adventures Part II

Ruszwurm Cukraszda

Open Hours: Mon-Sun 10:00AM-7:00PM

Phone Number: +36 1 375 5284

Address: 1014 Bp, Szentháromśag utca 7

Website: www.ruszwurm.hu

During our stroll around the Buda Castle District, we stumbled upon the famous Ruszwurm Cukraszda café, founded by Ferenc Schwabl in 1827. Now rich in history, Ruszwurm is not only a traditional Hungarian pastry shop favored by locals, but also a protected monument by the government. 

Our first order was their Croissant.

Not as fluffy and buttery as we would have liked, but we enjoyed the lightly glazed honey on the pastry.

Next we had their famous Tiroli almás rétes (apple strudel). 

Crispy outer shell with a thick filling of cooked apple flavored with cinnamon and sugar. Don’t let looks deceive you, portion is extremely filling.

We also had their Tiroli túrós rétes (cottage cheese strudel).

A bit too thick and cheesy for my taste - pass. 

Lastly, we ordered one of their Palmier (Pálmalevél).

Yes sir, we have winner. Delicate and flakey puffed layers lightly coated with sugar that melt right in your mouth. Would absolutely recommend if you make a trip here.     

We also had their Iced Coffee (Jeges Kávé).

The shake came with two scoops of ice cream, whipped cream and a rolled wafer. A lot of sugar in one cup so do intend to share if you don't have much of a sweet tooth. 


Gundel 

Open Hours: Mon-Sun 12PM-Midnight  

Phone Number: +36 1 889 8111

Address: 1146 Budapest, Gundel Károly Street 4

Website: www.gundel.hu/en/

Ever wonder how the royalty dine? Founded in 1910, Gundel has earned a notable reputation among travelers for its hospitality as well as artistic traditional Hungarian creations. Queen Elizabeth II, all Hungarian Presidents and Pope John Paul II were known to have graced this eatery – I mean if the Queen says it’s good…

First our waiter started us off with two pieces of bread each.

 Carbs = lightyears of happiness 

Carbs = lightyears of happiness 

I know they say don’t fill up on bread before the main course, but these were just so soft and freshly baked that I finished mine, stole my dad’s and had to ask the waiter for more (oops my bad).

For our appetizer we had the Gundel Salad.

 

A mix of chopped asparagus, tomatoes, cucumber, baked bell peppers, green beans, mushrooms and salad leaves. Lack flavoring, nothing particularly memorable.

For our first main we ordered the Filet Mignon of Mangalitza Pork and Lecsó with Fried Potatoes.

I didn’t try the dish for myself, but from my brother and aunt’s reviews, it seemed like a solid choice.

We also ordered the Sautéed Strips of Beef Tenderloin Gundel Style 1910 Grilled Goose Liver, Forest Mushrooms, Green Beans and White Asparagus.

 

Juicy strips of meat that barely had to be chewed seasoned with their demi-glace sauce and a side of grilled foie gras. Highly recommended if you are here to try their specialty.

Lastly, we had their Paprika Chicken Duo.


I’m not usually a fan of chicken, but Gundel’s definitely won me over with their drumstick braised so tenderly and their baked breast so juicy over a bed of chewy nokedli (egg dumplings). Sauce has a kick of paprika, which is made from chili peppers and can be found in many traditional Hungarian dishes such as goulash soup. Do give this order a go if you’re not feeling up for beef because I quite enjoyed the way it was seasoned and prepared. 

Before you leave the restaurant, make sure you also check out their fine collection of porcelain on display in their cabinets in the front. We purchased a lovely tea set with the signature blue and white Gundel porcelain design for a very reasonable price so do take a look on your way out. 

PS: I highly recommend making reservations ahead of time, as you can guess their seats fill up quite quickly.