Eating at Ruszwurm was something I’ve always dreamed of doing in Budapest. The oldest cafe in Buda has a certain charm to it, and has always been known for their Esterhazy Torta. That coupled with the beautiful views of Pest from the Fisherman’s Bastion is a dream come true.
I find that dreams don’t exist, not really. If you want to do something, just go and do it.
And Ruszwurm doesn’t disappoint, along with its people. Opened since 1827 beside the Matthias Church, Ruszwurm attracts a line daily at 10:00 in the morning.
I chose a tall glass of Szamos Kávé to start my morning at Buda, because a nice lady asked me to order it. Long black, chocolate, foamed milk, whipped cream and inside the devil of the Szamos Marzipan liquer traps me in the Grand Budapest plot. This is one strong drink, not for the faint-hearted, but warms me from head to toe and chases away the winter winds.
Our tour guide recommended us to get Hungary’s version of the Apple Strudel. He said it with much love for his country, that it was so heartening to try it. After all, there was a long drawn battle of where the Apple Strudel originated: Austria or Hungary?
But I don’t want to get into politics. I do prefer Vienna’s Apple Strudel, but to each its own. I find Hungarian’s version of Apple Strudel more nimble, the apples finely diced to perfection and with a certain crunch to it. Food is often subjective. I do like apples slightly mushy inside the pie.
Finally, the Esterhazy Torta. Named after the Austrian diplomat Prince Paul III Anton Esterházy de Galántha, this Hungarian cake offers a sansrival-like texture. Buttercream spiced with cognac greets you and ends with five layers of almond meringue dough. It was quite a treat and perfect with the Szamos Kávé.
The best part about Budapest is that the price of goods are so cheap compared to Vienna. At 920 HUF (Hungarian Forints), a slice of Esterhazy Torte is less than 3 euros, half the price of cakes at Gerstner.
Budapest, I am caught in your spell.