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A huge slice of old Havana’s brightness, sunshine along with the live cuban music, dancers, food as the Cubans like it.  Smashing  tropical cocktails blew away the invited visitors on the occasion of the opening the offshoot original Cuban La B  Del M …. La Bodeguita Del Medio … here in Budapest at the “Fészek” Club „Nest” …  A real Cuban Bar and Restaurant on the

57, Dob Street, located in the VIIth District of Budapest.

The original La Bodeguita Del Medio in Havana, was establishment dating back to the 40’s and for many around the World well-known for its famous visitor Ernest Hemingway,who often was rolling along up to the bar to have his Mojito or a shot of  Havana Club Blanco, lemon, sugar, mixed with frozen Daiquiri. By-the-way, that was the birthplace of the topical Mojito.

Beside the writer Hemingway, as regular guests,  like Brigitte Bardot, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Sophia Loren rolled in and even to-day’s fabs of the Hollywood’s world have been visitors to this place and lefts their handprints, snaps on these walls.

Here at the Fészek’s Cklub on the  upstairs there is one little corner furnished just the way as it stands in Cuba, as a  reminder of  where Hemingway was watching the world go by drinking his Mojito.  Entering at first into the Fészek’sClub, the inside view doesn’t seem to be a huge place, yet moving more further, it leads through to a large, high-ceiled place with snaps from the 4o’s, palm trees, mirrors all around, a huge bar desk where the busy hands were preparing the tropical cocktails, as if they were in a kinda competition. The group of cuban musicians blow the house away with their temper emotions.

Beside the cuban dishes which are not really common in Hungary,  were mouth-watering bits-and-pieces such as the Malanga… the tubers like potatoes which are so common beside Cuba at Puerto Rico. Just mentioning another delicious taste the Conger, the famous Cuban beans and rice, garlic, onion, paprika, cumin, bay leaves, oregano, pepper and salt cooked together.

The restaurant’s name La Bodeguita Del Medio in Spanish means.. “Pub in the middle of the street.”  Interesting in a way, because in those days the pubs and bars were standing on the corners of the streets. This restaurant in Havana was opened at the 27,  Empedrado Street  which was located in the middle of the street.

Budapest’s newest colorful spot at the Fészek Club, the Cuban restaurant was inaugurated by many celebs.  The evening was pumped up with hot salsa music and dancers,  colorful exotic Caribbean’s favorite long drinks and the cream on top was the real hand-made authentic Cuban Cohiba cigars brought by  Zoltán Németh, manager of the Pannon Tobacco Ltd.  So after having a drink inside,  the cigar quarter at the courtyard’s garden was full  of    men and ladies puffing smoke-signs.

The Fészek Club …   was full of  many celebrities fascinated of Cuban carefree merriment, while Edina  Gombos, TV presenter, here as the moderator of the event shared a lot of interesting facts on the backgrounds of this moody Cuban Bar and Restaurant. Also how her and her husband’s dream went through the dusty roads to finally have it come true to the present day to  open for the public this exotic place. Edina also added ” This place is never closed… Yes! … Open during the Xmas time as well.  More to it, every night there is a Barman show, Cuban live music and dance … last but not least we welcome guests but the only thing that we await from them is to feel good!” Edina,  including her husband, Cuban-born Alberto Costafred celebrated together  the opening  by dancing the hot salsa, showing the Cuban feeling.

Yes Sirs… the Cuban La Bodeguita Del Medio  is an  awesome place to drop in during these grey, snowy time outside in this time of  the year, to refresh ourselves with the hot mood,  leisure and entertainment. By-the-way they are having  the New Year Party starting at 7 p.m., dancing at Year-end with Cuban rhythms in the streets of Budapest. Nowhere planned to go… be a part at the secular New Year’s program enriched by the atmosphere of Cuba!

Update  and snaps by Aggie Reiter

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Chris on 19/12/2012 at 09:14

    After following your reports it seems Budapest is the place to be if your taste buds like variety….Multi Cultural cuisine of all types available for the hungry resident or traveller.Thanks so much, My cheese and tomato sandwich somehow has lost it’s appeal…Chris

  2. I need to to thank you for this very good read!! I certainly enjoyed every bit of it.

    I have you book-marked to look at new things
    you post…

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