We, Hungarians don’t eat a lot of fish (especially not local fish) which is a pity, but Halkakas is trying to change things. They want to prove that Hungary does have quality fish and they are not afraid of using it.
The name ‘Halkakas’ is the literal translation of the Finnish food ‘kalakukko‘, a kind of bread filled with fish. You can see the adventures of Halkakas on the back of the menu in the form of a comic strip. I really like the Provence-style design of the place with its pastel colors, the lamps made of wine bottles, it’s light and cozy.
Halkakas is trying to take an innovative approach to Hungarian fish. Instead of the usual stew, they use sheatfish to make gyros or crispy snacks. They have different types of fish paste to smear of your baguette. Fish and chips is also a foreign concept put on a Hungarian base. But it’s not all about breaking the rules: Friday is ‘halászlé’ day, they offer this classical fish soup once a week.
Once in your stomach, the fish needs to swim, so you can choose from a selection of Hungarian wines, craft beers and syrups. Don’t miss the lavender syrup!
Fish can be a food that you either love or hate, but if you’re a fan, check out this bistro. There are plenty more fish in the sea, but in Budapest, you should prefer our local ones from the fresh water.