Hungary has several beloved freshwater-fish dishes (such as fisherman's soup and catfish paprikás), but you won't find them here. Although it is dedicated to fish, Halkakas rarely serves these classics. Rather, it aims to serve lighter, more creative, updated dishes, all made from the local river and lake fish, but using some herbs and spices not typically used in the traditional Hungarian kitchen. Appetizers include a few different fish dips, and crispy fish cracklings served with different sauces (try the mixed appetizer platter if you can't decide). Besides a simply grilled fish, there are also fish burgers, a fish gyros platter, and fish-and-chips. The menu is short (as is the wine list), and the interior is delightfully bare-bones. It's a great value, and there's even live music on Wednesday evenings. During the day the place functions as a self-serve restaurant to accommodate those after a quick bite for lunch. From 6pm on there is table service. The enthusiastic owner, who got her passion for fish from her fisherman father, often waits tables herself, and she'll proudly recommend the house wine made by her father.
Halkakas Fish Bistro
Veres Pálné utca 33
Our Rating Neighborhood V. district Hours Mon–Sat noon–10pm Transportation Metro: Kálvin tér (M3) Phone 30/226-0638 Prices Main courses 1,300 HUF–1,950 HUF Cuisine Type Hungarian Web site Halkakas Fish Bistro
MapVeres Pálné utca 33 Budapest
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