That head-scratcher came to mind when I took a seat upstairs at Vinyl & Wood, a funky double storey cafe specialising in tasty coffee, soundtracked by even funkier music. Scaling the steep stairs you are greeted with wall art and some twenty cushions, an amount that seems excessive to me. Realistically how much lumbar support does one need?
I had heard great reviews about this place last time I was here but didn’t visit, dismissing it as one of those try-too-hard cafes that are on every second street corner. My mistake.
The food options were limited but everything I tried was scrumptious and left me wanting to return for another hit of coffee/pastry. The usual suspects of a hassle-free European breakfast in the cabinet – croissants, handmade sandwiches with cured meats, handmade apple pie and even a quiche for those that need their egg fix. The turntable was nowhere to be seen, the vinyl replaced by a laptop. I can vouch for the “Wood” in the title however with phone cases, wallets, pendants and even bowties available for purchase all made from timber.
Let’s hope the bowties are made out of cypress pine, it would be embarrassing to sport one at a friend’s wedding only to see half your wardrobe being gnawed away by termites during the reception.
Two cups of Americano (the closest thing resembling a long black) and a pistachio croissant all for the bargain price of $7 AUD. Racking my brain to work out the last time I had a croissant and the best I could come up with was five years ago. The pistachio spread seemed to be a mixture of nuts, sugar and butter. I think I may need another five years to recover from all that buttery goodness. The coffee was worth a revisit.
I am not au fait with many Hungarian words but I was with the term Turo Csusza even though I have never had the good fortune to experience a plate. It is a Hungarian staple and translates to “cheese pasta”. Much like the way that Australians wouldn’t go out and order penne with a simple tomato sauce, it is rare to see this on many menus in these parts so I was excited that it has made the menu today. I had no idea what the others words translated to but I knew one was a soup/stew and the other some form of dessert. The week’s menu is below, Pentek is Friday.
My linguistics assumption proved correct as the empty first course bowl was whisked away and promptly replaced by the pasta dish. Incredibly simplistic pure comfort food, pasta with cheese curd topped with a sprinkling of bacon bits. If they sold this on their regular menu I would go back everyday until my passport expires.
That’s two meals within three hours so the remainder of daylight hours were spent over on the Buda side of the river, taking in the castles, churches and other historical structures.
Much like Prague last year the amount of people clamouring for the perfect photo was off-putting. At one stage a professional model (red dress) was trying to pose for some shots with a group of large dogs but the sheer amount of people made it an impossible task. If one of the dogs attacked the odd tourist or six I would have turned a blind eye.
I thought there would be a handful of enthusiasts and myself but the crowd would have been pushing fifty in number. I didn’t realise that the 1970’s was essentially a music/pinball branding exercise. It was a roll call of the heavy hitters of music. KISS, Elton John’s, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and The Who all have been immortalised.
The old timey machines of the 50’s are a far cry from the thousands of bells and whistles on the machines now. A super impressive collection which I am glad I was able to experience (and play) on the second time around.
Eight hours is a long time to be standing especially after my exploration earlier in the day. When I made it home that night, the shower got a fair workout.