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Travelogue: Budapest

Posted on Monday, April 1, 2013

Flashback time! We'd been traveling for more than half a month already, so by the time we hit Continental Hotel Zara in Budapest, we were super happy when we were informed that we got a... room upgrade!

Helloooo executive suite!

Ok so this upgrade was probably the reason why we hardly saw Budapest at all - because it was way too comfortable! But at least we got half a day in to check it out a bit.

Budapest used to be divided in two - Buda and Pest, so here we were checking out Pest on the other side of the river (or was it Buda?)

I shamefully fell asleep during most of the driving tour hahaha. Guess I will have to visit Budapest again one day!

 After the tour we chance by a Christmas market! They are a dime in a dozen in Europe, really, but apparently the Budapest ones are suppose to be better.

MEAT! Hungarian style! We had a duck leg, huge hunk of roast pork and no veggies. Oops!

And as if it isn't 2 degrees out, we have a rose shaped gelato! I was looking out for one in Budapest but somehow we just stumbled upon this shop near the Christmas market. It's so pretty!

Walking back to the hotel - we walk everywhere in Europe cause the weather is so much cooler, unlike Singapore!

We basically spend the rest of the day chilling in our hotel room, as mentioned before. I like to call it "recouping from the stress of travelling", but really, we were just lazy hehe.

At least there was nice dinner at night! We find out that the restaurant at the bottom of our hotel is actually quite highly rated on tripadvisor, so we decide to try it for dinner, in our spirit of epic laziness!

ARAZ restaurant serves two menus which you can choose from - French or Hungarian (and yes, ARAZ is ZARA spelt backwards - cause that's what the hotel is called. Continental Hotel Zara. Extra points for restaurant naming lololol.)

Justin and I take one menu each so that we can try more stuff! I try the french because it has... foie gras!

And oh what a huge piece of foie gras it was! Justin kept eyeing it while he ate his own appetizer muahaha. The grilled goose liver with porcini ravioli and truffle sauce (3350 HUF, approx S$17.50) was a great value for money. I don't think you can get this much foie gras for so cheap in Singapore. And so good too! More than enough for me and sharing with Justin!

For my main course, I had the Lamb shank confit in plummy mocha sauce with sweet potato cornmeal mush (3450 HUF, approx S$18.00 - for fine dining! Whatt!). Hmm i don't remember eating it actually. Must have been too overwhelmed by the amazing foie gras. But by the looks of it, it was gigantic and looks pretty yummy too.

We just have one dessert because we're too full by then! The Tamarillo tarte caramelized with muscovado sugar, served with rose ice cream (1250 HUF, approx S$6.50 - this is too cheap and too funny already) was sweet - but I'm afraid we were too full to really enjoy it, though I do remember enjoying it.

For Justin he had the Hungarian menu, I didn't take a picture of his appetizer because it was... unappetizing hahaha. The poor boy. This was his main!

I've heard of a schnitzel before but never seen one in my life. It basically seems to be a giant piece of fried pork, covered in special batter. This was the Wiener schnitzel with parsley potatoes and cranberry jam (3250 HUF, approx S$17.00). An eye opener I suppose! 

All in all we paid about S$80.00 altogether for the two of us, and if that wasn't cheap enough already, we got an extra 20% discount because we were hotel guests. NO WAY. Communication wise, we never had an issue. The hungarians all seem to speak pretty decent English, actually. Enough to get around. So i'd say we had a pretty enjoyable experience in Budapest - gotta love Eastern Europe!

ARAZ Étterem 
H-1074 Budapest
Dohány utca 42-44.


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