This Hungarian themed bakery cafe is a hit in West End
Kurtosh has opened in the West Village in West End, bringing great pastries, cakes and of course the Kürtőskalács chimney cakes from where Kurtosh gained their name. Since opening, it has become one of the most popular places in West End.
The name of the bakery cafe comes from Kürtőskalács, which they just shorten to kurtosh for both the name of the shop and the name of the pastry as most people will butcher the pronunciation if they had to say the whole name. This pastry's name basically means Chimney Cake, and has an interesting history. Developed in Transylvania when it was part of Hungary, this pastry is popular in Hungary and Romania.
Kürtőskalács are made by taking sweetened yeast dough which is spun and then wrapped around a baking spit. It is covered in melted butter and granulated sugar before being roasted over charcoal. The cooking process caramelises the sugar, giving the pastry a lovely glazed colour. Addition ingredients may be added to the surface as well.
The process takes about 15 to 20 minutes, so most people visiting Kurtosh don't order the Kürtőskalács. The Sydney shops allow you to order ahead online, but I am not sure when this feature will be coming to the West End location.
Cakes & Pastries
Because of the time taken to make the Kürtőskalács, most people are coming here for the cakes and pastries which are on display in the cabinet. The cakes are sold by the gram, so you can ask for as little or as much as you want, though in most cases people are just asking for a standard slice. I do suspect this strategy does inflate the price of their cakes a little above other shops, but you can also just grab a small slice to go with your tea or coffee.
Most people go to Kurtosh for the cakes & pastries
The pastries come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and like their cakes, a lot of care has been taken in designing something that is both classic and a little bit special. This includes an ice cream cone pastry, which we didn't try as we were focusing on the cakes.
Each cake & pastry is a special combination of flavours that go beyond the ordinary
Most of the delicacies there are a blend of the familiar and special. You can tell that they have put time and effort into making something just a little different based on something familiar. This means you get a combination of comfort and the new with each cake or pastry.
Tea & Coffee
When it comes to coffee, they have all the usual suspects made with their own Kurtosh blend of beans. More interesting are the teas, especially their herbal blends. My feeling is that these are a much better match for the cakes. My friend ordered a cinnamon tea, which I felt was too much to go with the cakes, but as she likes cinnamon, she preferred it over the more refreshing tea that I ordered. One pot is enough for 2 people, and they will happily add more hot water to the pot for you, so you can enjoy multiple cups while you are waiting for your Kürtőskalács to cook.
If you don't need the caffeine fix, then the teas go well with the cakes
The Kurtosh Bakery Cafe is visited mostly by people seeking out cake, pastries, tea and coffee. The cakes and pastries are great unique creations, but those with a little more time will want to try the Kürtőskalács for something a bit different and special.