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I meant to write this post a long time ago but I got stuck. Between our Eurotrip and a trip to Japan I was in Poland, and I had to socialise way too much for me (although my friends and family were disappointed that I don't stay with them longer and all I could think about was finding some cave to hide and rest). Afterwards, a culture shock after coming back from Japan made me unable to write and even look into the web, as everything seemed so terribly, horribly boring.
Naspolya Nassolda. Gluten free, vegan, raw lemon tart.
During my trip to Japan, I've quite strongly realised how tiny I am comparing to the Universe. It didn't feel wrong, I've just decided to not add my two cents to the information overload that attacks people from... well, basically everywhere.
But at some point, I've realised that my posts, especially about food, helped some people, so I've decided to come back to writing.
The main issue during our Eurotrip was my gluten-free and dairy-free food. The more Eastern country, the worse it was. Portugal, Spain and (surprisingly) Italy were extra gluten-free and dairy-free friendly. In the end, I found Budapest a fantastic place. It was a cherry on top.
I expected Hungarian cuisine to be extra spicy, but I was wrong - most of the foods were prepared with the additional amount of sweet or smoked paprika, but it was rather mild. Good for my extra-sensitive stomach!
Drop. Gluten-free burger.
Drop was the best place of all with burgers that looked like burgers and tasted like burgers. I miss bread, so I was extra happy to try the bun. You can see cheese inside because I forgot to ask about taking this off and I've eaten this. Well, that was my share of cheese for this year. ;)
Tomasz had a whole grain gluten-free bread for his goulash, although considering the texture, taste and look; we could barely believe it.
The cool thing was the waitress who knew some Polish. I enjoyed the elegance and ambience of the interior, so much different from the usual cold and rustic rooms that usually are in gluten-free restaurants.
Address: Budapest, Hajós u. 27 Drop. Goulash and gluten-free bread.
Naspolya Nassolda was another great shot with gluten-free, vegan and raw cake menu. There, I found date muffins with coarse salt caramel and Tomek had light and fluffy lemon tart (also vegan, gluten-free and raw). Another attraction was a swing where I was lazily flinging.
Address: Budapest, 1061, Káldy Gyula u. 7, 1061 Węgry (/content/images/2017/05/babeczkaslonykarmel.jpg) Vegan, raw and gluten-free salted caramel cupcake.
Hokedli Pottage Bar
Food in Hokedli Pottage Bar reminded me of great Staple Foods from Dublin but the portions were too small for me.
Hokedli offered gluten-free hot pots full of veggies with available meat options. Healthy, fast and tasty. There were two disadvantages: the size of the bar that could contain 4-5 people with two tables and a lack of a bathroom.
After Hokedli, we went for some falafel (there were plenty of them in the entire city centre) because I'm always hungry.
Address: Budapest, Nagymező u. 10, 1065 Węgry
Another option with vegan coffee and cake. I completely don't remember what I took in Dynamobake (what means that it was just OK) but I know that coffee was better than a sweet.
Dynamobake also offers 24 hrs bike rent, and from what I learnt on the web, one of the owners is a former bike tour guide, so she's able to give a comprehensive biking map and recommend great places to see on the bicycle.
We didn't use that option as 4 degrees of cold scared us away, but it's good to remember for future.
Address: Budapest, Képíró u. 6, 1053 Węgry
Drum Cafe offered a huge selection of European and Hungarian dishes, had a funny, energetic staff and great ambience created by a colourful crowd dining there. Thanks to a huge menu, I found a safe option - a traditional Hungarian goulash with rice. Perfectly spiced, soft meat with a decent portion of white rice was a perfect winter lunch.
Address: 1072 Budapest, Dob street 2
After visiting Jewish restaurant Mandragora
where I always ate delicious, perfect food, I had a weak spot for Jewish restaurants. We found Rosenstein more elegant than we expected.
My "safe" gluten-free and dairy-free option included a duck with braised cabbage and prunes, and Tomek had some fish that was a specialite de la Maison.
We left poorer of about 10 000 forint (32 euros) but happy and with a good base for further drinking in ruin bars.
Address: Budapest, Mosonyi u. 3, 1087 Węgry
Apricot cafe and Dobosz torte in Cafe Gerbaud.
Cafe Gerbeaud is one of the more elegant places in Budapest. You can try a dozen types of fancy coffees with syrups, liquors, marmalades and whipped cream (that's the thing I missed in Ireland the most. Fancy coffee that is more like a dessert than a pick-me-up bitter drink). The other delicacy is a layered Dobosz torte with thick-as-hell caramel top (I took a bite and wasn't thrilled, but I find regular cakes way too sweet and greasy).
Cafe Gerbaud that I took had an apricot marmalade, apricot liquor and a whipped cream for Tomek.
Coffee was pretty good, liquor was a perfect match, but I didn't enjoy the jelly on bottom - the combination of apricot and coffee seemed terrible for me.
The rich, golden interior with cosy armchairs and round tables resembled a smaller version of Vienna's Central Cafe. The staff was incredibly slow, and most people seemed to be in their world.
It was good to spend some time there, immerse in the atmosphere of classy European cafes and marvel at cakes and chocolates that were tiny pieces of art. I plan to be able to make such cakes in future. :)
Address: Budapest, Vörösmarty tér 7-8, 1051 Węgry
When I was too lazy to do the research, I always had a safe and satisfying option of falafel with hummus. The best places for finding gluten-free and dairy-free foods, especially in the major cities, are Foursquare and Happy Cow. Those are first websites that I visit when I look for a safe, gluten-free and dairy-free food.
As you can see, Budapest for a gluten-free and dairy-free person is incredibly easy to navigate (there were also plenty of vegan options available) and the staff was well-informed and educated.
There weren't situations like in Ireland where spelt bread is widely sold as gluten-free (spelt, although quite often tolerated better by people with intolerances and allergies, is still a kind of wheat and as such contains gluten) or in Poland, where waitress recommended me oatcakes as a gluten-free alternative because she thought that gluten occurs only in wheat.
The more eastern country, the more traps await us, food-intolerant people and we have to be extra vigilant but I was fond of Budapest because it had tasty, characteristic food with plenty of options and lovely people.
Speaking of food, I wanted to write another post about the sweet potato "cheesecake" but I've realised that I left my notebook with recipes 100 km from here!
So instead of sweet potato cake, you will read about the tofu "cheesecake" (yes, I love cheesecake. For my entire childhood and adulthood it was my very favourite cake. Poor me. ;)) that always reminds me of my time in Ireland. Why? You will read in another post!
Have you been to Budapest? Did you like paprika everywhere?