As I've said before, I like my cafes and restaurants. Don't eat out much these days but it's always good to know that there's a delicious meal around the corner if I fancy it. Also very useful for when visitors arrive from afar and need filling up with good grub.
I'll start the post off with a place where I have no intention of going. The old Est Cafe was gutted and remade into Barokko. The place with an unfeasibly large sign hanging off its frontage. If there's a legal maximum size for a sign in Liszt Ferenc tér, I'm sure they've gone over it. As I said, I don't plan in entering the establishment mainly because of the terrible times I've had at Est Cafe, but peeking in through the large windows reveals a move around with the bar and a huge plazma screen showing either Viva or Fashion TV. I hate Fashion TV.
Now, one of my favourite places is Két Szerecsen. The name translates as "Two Saracens", or if you're using the politically incorrect dictionary from Startlap it's "Two Darkies". Oh well, I think I'll choose the former.
They've been undergoing a drastic looking rennovation during the Christmas period and while I remember a sign saying they will open in January, they're still very very unready. It looks like they'll be lucky to open in February but work is definitely going on so there's hope.
Some of the reasons why it's one of my faves and I hope they haven't changed it too much:
- Good service
- Tasty food
- Interesting specials
- Outdoor tables away from Liszt Ferenc tér crowds
- One of the best ice-coffees in Budapest
On the subject of cafes and dredging up a well worn theme on The Hungary Years, Fresco Cafe (formerly Leroys) on The Tér was in the spotlight this morning. Literally. They had commandeered the cafe for some filming. Couldn't see what it was about but there was plenty of activity going on and the car park out the front of the music academy was full of vans for lugging the equipment about.
As I'm not a real mover or shaker (more of a moccha and steaker) I don't know the full ins and outs of the change from Leroys to Fresco but what I can say is that bugger seems to have changed except the name on the front. The decor is the same and thankfully the food too. It can get a bit pricey in Fresco but they do excellent food and they also serve decent napi menus. It's becoming the mid-week Meaf venue of choice.
Of course, it's all just a stop-gap until good ol' Dupla comes back from the dead. At least there's it's sister Szimpla for an post-lunch coffee.
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