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Among the finest pastries in the city (quite a statement in Budapest), their jasmine-chocolate mousse torte alone makes a visit worthwhile.
- The Astoria Hotel has a great sense of history: the National Council met here in 1918 and formed an independent Hungarian government under Mihaly Karolyi after which the entire hotel was full of people wearing white chrysanthemums - the symbol of the democratic revolution. The art nouveau café is warm and luxurious and recalls the opulence of former times. The dining room is equally elegant with a patterned carpet in autumn hues, red velvet curtains, marble and wood columns covered with gilt leaves, crystal chandeliers, silver candelabras and yellow lights. The waiting staff wear tuxedos with green satin lapels. The guests are mostly from the hotel but others do pop in to enjoy a little luxury. A three-piece gypsy band plays in the evening. Roast leg of lamb, duck breast with green pepper and game specialties (wild duck, wild boar and pheasant) are all good value. Vegetarians also have a good choice of roasted vegetables, cauliflower and broccoli Polish-style or else vegetable pudding with tomato sauce. Yogurt ice cream or poached pear with chestnut is available for pudding. You can celebrate with champagne as well.
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