Starbucks, Costa Coffee or the popular British Pret a Manger – their success is based on the needs of spoiled urban citizens: high-quality coffee and fresh snacks, ready packed and for take-away. Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest in collaboration with the gastro family Zsidai is offering not only a further alternative in the café-bistros segment but also taking their art to the next level – via ÉS Deli. They are giving the most to a clientele who are ready to pay a bit more in order to enjoy the best quality and sweet delights.
The small bistro stand has only just moved to the ground floor of the Kempinski hotel complex at Deák Ferenc tér, filling the open niche that was created when the Macaroon Concept Store moved out. The newcomer presents itself with a neat, red bicycle pointing in the direction of the stand, rustic wooden facades and many blackboards. The delicate coffee aroma can be smelled from afar.
Coffee specialties 2.0
Shops such as Starbucks and co. are often discredited. They symbolically represent the dark side of a consumer society: anonymity, always the same design and an intimacy that is misinterpreted as friendliness. In contrast, ÉS Deli brings some Austro-Hungarian coffee-house flair and the best manners in the modern coffee-shop sector.
ÉS Deli focuses on the delicacies aspect and offers authentic premium coffee, the so-called coffee specialities: “The global demand for coffee specialities is growing,” says Zoltán Roy Zsidai, owner of the Zsidai gastro group, of his newest joint project with Kempinski Budapest. “The difference between quality coffee and coffee processed in mass production lies mainly in the high attention invested in the process from the harvest and selection up until the roasting of the beans.
“ÉS Deli brings a new quality of premium coffee to Budapest – selected and roasted by Hungary’s most excellent coffee experts and barista Máté Nezvál.”
The outlet actually has its own coffee mixture: the ÉS Deli Blend. According to the barista, it’s a symphony of fresh aromas and a taste with a light touch of roast. The beans come from Ruanda and Guatemala and are grown 1,700 metres above sea level. Just like Starbucks, ÉS Deli also relies on fair trade and keeps close contact with producers, who are committed to sustainable cultivation.
In addition to the traditional coffee variations ÉS Deli also offers coffee drinks spiced up with fruits, chocolate or spices. The upcoming summer should boost the demand, especially for their homemade lemonades.
Expansion of the gastronomic quarter
Kempinski has been working for more than two years on building a gastronomic quarter called “Downtown Budapest”, which is situated in its vicinity, with the aim of attracting both the hotel guests and locals with a broad palette of offers. The chic night bar Blue Fox and the cosy hotel lobby bar The Living Room, along with the noble fine-dining restaurant Nobu and the bistro and beer-pub ÉS Bisztró, are all part of this gastronomic quarter.
The latter is not only an especially successful example of collaboration between the Kempinski hotel and the local gastro family Zsidai, but also serves as the kitchen for the bistro stand ÉS Deli. Besides the coffee specialties it offers a broad range of fresh cakes such as muffins, croissants and éclairs, plus sandwiches, baguettes and ciabattas, of which the one most characteristic is the boiled beef sandwich. This is prepared with fine beef stripes, salad and tomatoes in a fine, crispy bun, and was successfully presented at the Gourmet Festival last year by the chef of ÉS Bisztró, Roland Holzer.
Vegetarians and health-conscious customers will find themselves catered for with vegetarian sandwiches, salads, fruit cups and freshly pressed juices. Customers with a sweet tooth can choose from desserts such as an exciting new interpretation of the Rigó Jancsi cake served in a cup with a spoon – or take it away if you are in a hurry.
ÉS Deli is a perfect place for a small detour during lunch break, for a short meeting with business partners in a suitable setting or for an afternoon dip into the international bustle of a large hotel in the heart of the city. Having a coffee specialty and a sandwich while leaning back in a comfortable armchair and peeking over a newspaper to watch the world go by – this is the way to enjoy the sweet life.
Deák Ferenc utca 12-14, District V
Open: Monday to Saturday 7am-7pm