New York Cafe, Budapest

New York Cafe, Budapest

Advertised as the world’s most beautiful cafe in the world, it’s hard to disagree after experiencing the opulence of New York Cafe yourself. These days, it’s more of a tourist hotspot, with queues of tourists ready to snap up the food and on their cameras. It thrives on its history rather than the quality of food today.

The food and drink is very expensive, as you could expect. There’s so many better options in Budapest, as I found out. But none have the same wow factor as dining in a room like this. I had two cakes which were both around the 2,400 HUF mark, that’s about £7 a pop. The food isn’t stellar, the patisserie feels rather haphazard. My first bite was the Sacher cake, this is a Viennese style torte that is usually chocolate heavy.

The ones at New York Cafe have a clumsy thick chocolate shell wall and an orange paste that is overwhelming. The cake is average but the presentation doesn’t live up to the story sold in the menu. And for this price, for this venue, I expected better.

My second dessert was the vanilla mousse with Hungarian sour cherry Pálinka. There ain’t a lot of Pálinka, it’s mainly decorative. I preferred this of the two, it was light and not dense but again the presentation was poor. There was finger mark on the side of the cake which didn’t speak of care. With that many covers I understand they churn these desserts like nothing, but surely the standard could be better. It surely is at somewhere like Desszert Neked. For desserts I would recommend them by a mile.

Anyway, the crowds come for the grandiose decor – it’s amazing, photographable and inspiring. It’s nice to set in a scene like this and feel royal. But the same can’t be said for the food.