ÉTOILE Champagne Bar opens in Budapest


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The ÉTOILE Champagne Bar has opened its doors in Budapest's Párisi Udvar, offering guests more than 50 types of French champagne specialties, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

"Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!" is what Dom Pierre Perignon is said to have shouted when he invented champagne.

"ÉTOILE is French for the word star. With the name, we not only pay homage to Dom Perignon, but we believe that this place can truly become the star of Budapest. The multi-award-winning building of the Párisi Udvar has been the jewel of the city for over a hundred years, an iconic meeting place for people. We want ÉTOILE to keep it that way for at least another 100 years. We have worked very hard on this, and the concept was born years ago. We have cherished the idea and developed it to ensure that every guest experiences the highest quality of service," says Bence Bayer, marketing and communications director of the Párisi Udvar Hotel Budapest.

Some 20 of the bar's more than 50 French champagnes are available by the glass as well. True connoisseurs can even sample a bottle of the French champagne house Bollinger, for over a million forints.

Head sommelier of the champagne bar, Csaba Virágh, notes, "What fascinates me about champagne and champagne is the beauty and playfulness of the bubbles. I had my first ever champagne experience when I was a student at the Király restaurant. Champagne, the French bubbly drink, is a charming drink and we are happy to show you the way through the exciting labyrinth of champagne culture. Uniquely at ÉTOILE, we offer 20 champagnes by the glass, with over 50 different bottles to choose from, each with its own story."

On the Champagne tours in the bar, the head sommelier is joined by ÉTOILE outlet manager Dalma Horváth, who introduces guests to the mysteries of the french drink.

"I love the versatility of champagne. As a fan of art, I know what it's like when something becomes a passion. I play the piano and paint myself. And there's a reason they call champagne making the art of pairing. You can have endless conversations about making champagne, and by sharing these stories with your guests, you're sure to put a whole different light on the drink they're having," she adds.

The new bar welcomes French champagne lovers from Wednesday to Sunday from 6 p.m. to midnight. Lajos Lutz, the executive chef of Párisi Passage and Párisi Udvar and a member of the Bocuse d'Or Academy, has also created the dishes to accompany the champagnes.

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