Venison Stew and Crème Brûlée at Ruben

So many restaurants, so little time.

My days in Budapest were dwindling, and I still had, oh, 40 or 50 restaurants on my Must Try list. That would be hard absolutely impossible to do in the remaining time, but I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to take advantage of the Super Secret Foreign Travel Benefit that Nobody Talks About.*

Ruben, with its wine bar atmosphere, was at the top of the list.

Venison

I’d dined on wild boar and goose leg at earlier meals, so I finished the great Hungarian trifecta with venison. This spiced venison stew with red wine was served with toast to mop up the sauce.

Crème Brûlée

Not just crème brûlée. Raspberry-lavender crème brûlée.

You really can’t get much more elegant than that.


*OK, because you’ve read this far, here’s the Super Secret Foreign Travel Benefit that Nobody Talks About: 

No matter what I eat, I don’t gain weight when I’m traveling. I attribute this to the fact that when I’m in a foreign city, I actually spend almost as much time walking as I claim to do in Washington when my doctor asks me how much exercise I’m getting.

Either that, or it has something to do with the metric system.

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