As we said back on Monday, specialty food shops are now so common in Budapest that they are verging on the generic. In fact, just a few hours after we wrote that we were strolling to a dinner and happened upon yet another recently-opened food and wine shop specializing in things non-Hungarian. Though this one can’t really be called a “generic” specialty food shop, as the only specialty items it stocks all come from one country, namely Greece.
The Apollon Görög Csemege (Apollon Greek Delicatessen) on Alkotmány utca is owned by a Hungarian, but run by a genuine Greek. (Though one shy enough that when we called back to get some details, he declined to give his name.) While we didn’t have time to do a Herculean examination of the offerings, it seems to carry all of the essentials, including minőségi (quality) Greek wines, olive oils, cheeses, olives, yoghurt, and some Greek sweets.
Alas, there is no pita or bread products at all, and nothing made fresh (e.g. lamb goodies, etc.) So basically it is an average ABC/közért, except one where you can walk out, like we did, with a one-kilo bag of plump Kalamata olives for Ft 1,428, something you are unlikely to find at your normal corner store in Budapest, at least until the week after next.