CAFE - CONFECTIONERY - CHOCOLATIER
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In November 2011 Szamos Gourmet Ház at Vörösmarthy Square was opened. It is a sweet-shop, café and chocolate manufacturing shop at the same time. In its new shop Szamos lets its guests have an insight into the process of manufacturing handmade bonbons, and you may also get familiar with how air gets into the chocolate Santa clause.
Gourmet Ház being the new flagship of Szamos is more than a traditional sweet-shop in a nice environment. Young couples with small children find their places here the same way as businessmen with laptops do. Everyone finds something to their tastes in the permanent breakfast menu, from the simple coffee-with-cakes to a substantial English breakfast. At midday the kitchen offers seasonal lunch menu and snack bar type a’la carte dishes.
In addition to the classical choice, the sweet-shop also offers sweets and plated desserts that are French-like or typical of the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy. When designing the new shop Szamos made it possible to the public to have an insight into so far hidden workshop secrets.
The complete bonbon choice includes at least 40 tastes. It may be worth remembering this as special bonbon assortments are popular gifts nowadays.
The menu consists of simple dishes such as salads and baguettes, goulash, and a speciality: sirloin with chili and chocolate. Daily lunch menu is prepared in a limited volume, being seasonal and offered between 1 pm and 3 pm.
Porcelain pictures on the walls, chocolate on the balcony
The beauty of Gourmet Ház worthily fits into the elegant environment created by the Palace of Stock Exchange under reconstruction.
Herendi Porcelánmanufaktúra with its more than 180-year past in porcelain manufacturing is a priority cooperation partner of Szamos company. Preserving handcraft traditions, typical Hungarian character, and mainly quality without compromises play a central role in the activity and business philosophy of both companies.
Walls are decorated by three great-sized “porcelain pictures” manufactured by the designs of the artist named Eszter Domé, onto porcelain sheets, in an individual design. They reflect the respect of traditions by Herend and Szamos, and their modern ambition to open to renewal at the same time.
The trade-sign of the shop is a great-sized chocolate tree giving a special spectacle, in which the golden cocoa fruits at the tips of the silver branches are illuminated after dark to lure visitors.
This is the second one in the world, the first one can be found in the Imhoff Chocolate Museum of Köln. At least ten designers, artists and craftsmen seeking special challenges worked to design and prepare this tree.
The steel tree is 2.5 m tall, its weight is 220 kg, and there are 82 golden cocoa fruits located on its branches.
The shape of the chocolate tree reminds of the mystical life tree, it has a root, leaves and fruit, it represents a kind of entirety, as well as the eternal values hidden in chocolate.
The girl with chocolate
The other favourite object in the shop is the life-size marzipan girl, who is the replica of a woman figure in a well-known picture titled “The girl with chocolate” painted by a Dutch painter from the 18th century. The sculpture of the girl with chocolate was made from 70 kg marzipan, during approximately 800 working hours, and she watches Arthur’s activity from a glass cabinet.
From January the new shop will also start chocolate school courses where participants may try bonbon manufacturing, as well as get familiar with the use of authentic old and the most modern tools, and learn technology and tricks of the trade. The courses will include quick as well as more detailed trainings, in Hungarian and English.
Further information: www.csokoladeiskola.hu
Telephone: +36 (30) 570-5973
Every day: 8.30-21.00