On pedestrian Október 6 Utca in a historic building near the Gresham Palace (see above) in central Pest, the Első Pesti Rétesház dates back to 1812 as Budapest's premier spot for sampling that delightfully flaky Central European pastry known as strudel (rétes in Hungarian). Although apple is of course the most typical, studels also come in other fruit flavours, as well as other varieties such as cottage cheese, poppy seed, mushoom and cabbage. However, the rest of the fine menu of Hungarian specialities is not to be overlooked; bear in mind that the place is not necessarily super-cheap - for a meal you might end up paying the equivalent of around 20 euros per person. However, it's worth every forint for the quality as well as the ambiance - warm, golden and Old-World in style, complete with antiques, books and other cosy features.
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